The Victorian Government's response to the Commissioner for Senior Victorian's report Ageing is everyone's business: a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians was launched on 14 April 2016. The report reveals that isolation and loneliness is a significant issue for Victoria's ageing population.

Download the Government response to Ageing is everyone's business (PDF 86KB) or (MS Word 46KB).

New Age-Friendly Victoria initiative

As part of the response, a new Age-Friendly Victoria initiative has been launched. Age-friendly communities encourage active ageing and optimise opportunities for good health, social and community participation for Victorian seniors. The initiative aims to promote the inclusion of older people and support services, business and community leaders to better plan for the needs of seniors and enhance the quality of life for people as they age.

Age Friendly Victoria will deliver $2.2 million over four years in grants for age-friendly projects led by councils.

As a demonstration of commitment, the Victorian Government signed an Age-Friendly Declaration (PDF 124KB) with the Municipal Association of Victoria on 14 April 2016. The Declaration means the Government and Municipal Association of Victoria are committed to planning for and establishing age-friendly communities.

Nine partner organisations including AGL, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, Carers Victoria, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, Public Libraries Victoria Network, Telstra, Transdev Melbourne and the Transport Accident Commission have also signed a Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement.

How can you get involved?

Sign up your local council to the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration - Victorian Government and MAV - for councils (PDF 129KB) or your organisation to the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration: Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement (PDF 89KB) and show your commitment to creating liveable communities for older Victorians.

Send a brief description about what you business or organisation is doing to create an age-friendly community and a photo of a representative from your organisation signing or holding the signed Statement to agefriendlyvic@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Your photo will join the virtual wall of commitments at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au and a community of like-minded organisations. You'll also receive information on how to make your business, organisation or community more age-friendly.

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