Welcome to Community Door's information portal about seniors.

There were around 3.3 million older Australians (over 65) in 2012, representing one in every seven people (14 per cent). This proportion has risen from 13.3 per cent in 2009 and 12.6 per cent in 2003. Around half of Australia's older population (1.7 million or 7.5 per cent of Australians) have a disability. 

The Queensland Government has recently released Queensland: an age-friendly community, providing a framework that builds on the existing work and investment of the government.

Older Australians generally want to remain independent and in control of how and where they live; to stay connected and relevant to their families and communities; and be able to exercise some measure of choice over their care. 

Older people make a significant contribution to the economy:

  • They spend $895 million on domestic travel annually.
  • They donate generously to charity. In the 1999-2000 tax year, over 65s accounted for 22 per cent of total donations while earning only 7 per cent of the population’s income.
  • Their unpaid work as carers and volunteers is valued at almost $39 billion per year.

Seniors can also experience specific mental health issues.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on topics relating to senior Australians.

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Seniors in the Wide Bay are being given a helping hand with $430,165 allocated to the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre to support local seniors across the region. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the funding is allocated to support people aged over 60 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
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Celebrating a Queensland for all ages , Seniors Week 19-27 August 2017, provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their...
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Registration for this forum addressing the age-inclusive communities and housing for people of all ages is closing in 14 August 2017. COTA Queensland is working together with the Queensland Government to promote an age-friendly Queensland at COTA's Creating Age Friendly Communities Forum. The event...
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Queensland Government media release Treasurer and Acting Minister for Energy Curtis Pitt is encouraging eligible Queenslanders to make full use of the many concessions and rebates on offer to help with cost-of-living pressures. Mr Pitt said in response to cost of living pressures and the Queensland...
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Queensland Government media release A local Gold Coast organisation has received almost $65,000 in Queensland Government funding to develop an individualised transport support service to help older Queenslanders safely use public transport. Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today visited...
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A son skims his elderly mother’s savings by using her keycard to buy things for himself. A daughter moves in with her dad to provide care, and ends up using intimidation and threats to force him to change his will for her benefit. Sadly, these are real examples of elder abuse that are happening...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government has urged Queenslanders to join the fight against elder abuse on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD – 15 June), as new figures reveal a spike in the number of reported cases. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Elder Abuse...
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Show your support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) , on Thursday 15 June, the day is designated by the United Nations as a time where we join together to voice our opposition to the abuse, neglect and suffering inflicted on older people. Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act which...
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The Digital Economy and Productivity team, within the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, is touring the state with the Digital Skills for all Queenslanders Regional Roadshow, this month. The roadshow allows people in regional towns to interact with exciting digital...
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Queensland Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, can stay active and connected, and contribute economically, socially and culturally. Over three years, $1 million per annum will be available through open funding rounds to seed...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner provides a free, independent service for anyone to raise concerns about the qulaity of care or services being delivered to people receiving aged care services funded by the Australian Government. Their functions are to: Resolve complaints about aged care...
The Department of Social Services helps to support seniors through programs and services and benefits and payments, and through grants and funding for organisations providing services for seniors. Find out more: access the seniors page of the Department of Social Services
National Seniors was established by a group of visionary Queenslanders in 1976. Now, almost 40 years on, with over 200,000 members, 140 branches, and 70 employees, it is the consumer lobby for older Australians and the fourth largest organisation of its type in the world. National Seniors provides...
The Australian Pensioners’ and Superannuants’ League, Qld Inc. (APSL) is a voluntary support, referral, information, advocacy and lobby group with members of varying ages but with one thing in common: we are people who are receiving various types of pensions with some living partly on...
COTA Queensland connects with seniors to understand their needs and priorities through connecting with networks and resources to strengthen the voice of seniors and enhance their lives. COTA Queensland aims to create a more just, fair and caring community. It’s a community where seniors can easily...
The Department of Communities through the Office for Seniors has the lead role across government for ageing and older people's issues. We share this responsibility with other relevant government agencies, including health, housing, disability and transport. We value the significant contributions...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
SANE Australia's Aged Care Project focuses on solutions for a growing area of concern, the increasing number of Australians living with mental illness facing the challenges of growing older. The SANE guide to ageing well has been developed for older people who live with mental illness, their family...
The My Aged Care website has been established by the Australian Government to help you navigate the aged care system. The Gateway is part of the Australian Government's changes to the aged care system which have been designed to give people more choice, more control and easier access to a full...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
Aged care is an important component of Australia’s health system. The National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC) considered that significant reform is needed to the aged care system, including its relationship to the rest of the health system, if it is to meet the challenges of an...
National Seniors Australia have produced a number of fact sheets where you can find out more about topics such as the aged pension, supperannuation, vision impairment and aged care reform. Find out more: access the fact sheets
The Queensland Government has an in-depth seniors portal where you can find information and resources on: retirement recreation and staying connected health home support and housing legal, finance and concessions safety and protection transport education work and technology grandparenting Find out...
Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc – have developed their YFS Service Delivery Handbook , published in 2012, which they would like to share with the Sector. Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc. (YFS) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, providing planned, innovative...
Caring for your community: A Career in Aged Care for Bilingual Staff (2007). A booklet to address the growing need for bilingual workers in aged care.
This publication, produced in collaboration with the Aged Services Unit of Southern Cross University, is the sixth in The Benevolent Society's series of Community Aged Care Research to Practice Briefings. These briefings are designed to make it easier for community aged care workers and managers to...

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An Act to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct .
Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a formal document allowing someone else to make decisions on your behalf; both personl and financial. This person can apply for a Domestic Violence Order on the behalf of someone experiencing domestic and family violence. The Powers of Attorney Act 1998...
All service providers operating in Queensland are required to comply with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 . The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has jurisdiction to hear and decide complaints about contraventions of this Act. Frequently Asked Questions There are also...
There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Author: 
Lisa Hodgkinson, COTA Queensland

Coordinated by the senior’s peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government, Queensland Seniors Week is an opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities and connect with people of all ages and...

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Domnica Sparkes, UnitingCare Queensland Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Project Officer

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day falls each year on 15 June and is denoted by the colour purple which, represents wisdom, dignity, independence and creativity.

Each year, between five to 10 per cent of older people are victims of abuse or mistreatment.  Much of this is unreported and many...

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Queensland Council of Social Service

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently released a new report revealing the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage, highlighting key areas in Queensland which need to be addressed with better targeted programs, policies and investment.

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Michael Greco, Care Opinion Australia

Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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