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).
The Age-Friendly Victoria initiative
As part of the response, the Age-Friendly Victoria initiative was 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 Communities Grants
Local government plays a key role in planning and establishing age-friendly communities. Since 2006, the Victorian government has been partnering with the Municipal Association of Victoria, local government, peak bodies, community organisations and the private sector to create age-friendly communities, facilities and services, applying the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities framework and materials as a guide to better plan for ageing populations.
Since 2015-16 the government has allocated a total of $1.6 million to 16 rural and regional councils to implement age-friendly community initiatives over two years, strengthening the age-friendly capacity of local communities through partnerships between senior Victorians, governments, communities, businesses, services and support agencies.
The Victorian government is committed to progressing an Age-friendly Victoria and signed an Age-Friendly Declaration (PDF 124KB) with the Municipal Association of Victoria on 14 April 2016. The Declaration reflects the commitment of both the government and Municipal Association of Victoria in providing leadership for better state and local planning for more age-friendly communities.
Businesses, community and other organisations are encouraged to sign the Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement to show their support for creating and enhancing Age-friendly communities in Victoria. As at November 2019, 37 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.
Get involved and make Victoria more age-friendly
Local councils can sign up to the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration - Victorian Government and MAV - for councils (PDF 129KB) and organisations can sign the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration: Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement (PDF 89KB) showing their commitment to creating liveable communities for older Victorians.
Send a brief description about what your business or organisation is doing to create an age-friendly community to firstname.lastname@example.org.