We have launched Age-friendly Victoria to make Victoria a better place to grow old and improve the lives of older people.
Governments, community organisations, not-for-profit and businesses have made the commitment through signing the Declaration or Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement to better plan for the needs of seniors and enhance the quality of life for people as they age.
Below are an example of some of the commitments that have been made by organisations, local councils, not-for-profit and community organisations.
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council is committed to progressing a multicultural Albury-Wodonga by supporting older residents from culturally diverse backgrounds to be involved in their advocacy and program delivery, and to also work collaboratively with local government to ensure culturally diverse seniors can participate fully in community life.
Bayside City Council
- Bayside City Council will continue to run a Healthy Ageing Reference Group. Members are from locations across Bayside, age range is 55+, male and female representation and all members have links to broader groups and/or networks across Bayside.
- Council will support the Bayside U3A with two sites in the northern and southern parts of the municipality. Council will also support Men's Shed with a venue and provide ongoing assistance and support to this growing group.
- Council will be developing an updated Ageing Well Action Plan this year, as part of Council’s Wellbeing for All Ages and Abilities Strategy. The action plan will take a whole of organisation approach.
Bellarine Aged Care Association
Bellarine Aged Care Association advocates for the ageing population living in the Bellarine Peninsula area and is committed to working with community based organisations and local government to create age-friendly communities.
City of Casey
The City of Casey plans to consult with the community in 2022 to:
- develop a strategic action plan that assists building an age-friendly city, and
- develop the required tools that assist areas within Council to embed practices which consider all ages in future planning.
City of Melbourne
- The City of Melbourne's commitment to creating an age-friendly city is highlighted in Melbourne for All People 2014-17 under the Access and Inclusion goal 'Melbourne is a barrier free city for people of all ages and abilities'.
- We are focused on improving outcomes in six theme areas: access and inclusion, safety, connection, health and wellbeing, life-long learning, having a voice.
- Continuing to involve seniors and other stakeholders in a broad range of health promotion activities across the Shire.
- Encouraging seniors to be involved in activities they are interested in, including community transport, volunteering, lifelong learning and community participation.
- Addressing the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, social inclusion and community support in Council’s strategic planning activities.
Mildura Rural City Council
Council has agreed to add a magnified Age Friendly lens to all strategic planning and continue to look for opportunities to partner in developing more sustainable, accessible services, environment and communities.
Moreland City Council
Moreland City Council is developing:
- a new Age-Friendly Moreland Strategy in 2017 and has also committed additional funding to Age Friendly Activities during Seniors week
- a comprehensive strategy that builds on previous work and enables the development of Age-Friendly environments across the Municipality
Mornington Peninsula Shire
- The Shire to hold annual Positive Ageing Community Summits, for both the Shire and the community to reflect on the progress of strategies in the plan; in particular to capture emerging issues and to ‘check-in’. The inaugural summit was held in 2015 on International Day of the Older Person; this year the Summit will be held in late November.
- The Shire to support and encourage groups to focus on meaningful intergenerational activities. For example, during 2016 the Shire’s Youth Services Team have implemented a major focus on identifying and developing a wide range of intergenerational opportunities across the Mornington Peninsula.
- The Shire has introduced new Mornington Peninsula Delys Sargeant Age Friendly Awards to recognise a local person, business corporation or service that contributes to building a stronger local community for older people who live, work or play on the Mornington Peninsula. The Shire’s official community advisory committee on ageing, PACE, is closely involved in this new initiative.
- The Shire is augmenting its range of communication mechanisms for communicating health and wellbeing information to older people. For example - a new seasonal Positive Ageing Newsletter is now widely distributed across the peninsula and electronically; a new local radio segment has been introduced that discusses issues, opportunities and services that are important to older people.
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Council has committed to supporting senior residents through:
- access and inclusion programs
- in-home support services such as delivered meals and home safety
- the age friendly project
- community wellbeing programs that promote healthy ageing
Nillumbik Shire Council
- Develop, operate, and evaluate community transport pilot programs that offer flexible, demand responsive, and efficient options.
- Advocate and educate for a diversity of housing, particularly for greater provision of one and two bedroom medium density housing in the Diamond Creek and Eltham Major Activity Centres, Hurstbridge and other locations supported by Council strategic policy.
- Investigate the possibility for intergenerational housing/ageing in place for Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, and Eltham.
Port Phillip City Council
Port Phillip City Council has committed to providing a range innovative and valued programs, services, projects and events for seniors.
Ongoing age friendly initiatives include :
- Convening the Older Persons Consultative Committee (OPCC), established in 2000
- Conducting OPCC Annual Forums
- Delivering and supporting the Linking Neighbours Program for people 55years and over
- Administering the Port Phillip Seniors Register
- Producing the Annual Port Phillip Seniors Festival
- Providing an accessible and free Community Bus service
- Service agreement with South Port Day Links (not for profit volunteer based service)
- Diversity and Ageing community grants program
- OPCC representation on Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area Community Forum
- Access and Ageing Department Rainbow tick accredited
- YouMeUs project
Future aged friendly initiatives include:
- Upgrades to improve access to South Melbourne Market access
- Port Phillip integrated transport strategy
- Footpath maintenance and renewal guidelines
- Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct intergenerational program/s
- Draft older persons policy/statement of commitment
Continue to offer the following programs, services, initiatives and products for older people:
- RACV Years Ahead Program
- Dementia, driving and mobility guide
- Transport Options for Seniors Guide
- Make the right choice – Vehicle safety advice for older drives
- Mobility Beyond Driving - non-driver advocacy and advice
- Senior Driver Program (delivered through RACV’s Drive School)
- Wheelchair and scooter assist
Reviewed 10 August 2022