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.

Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is taking action to reduce cost of living for Queensland seniors, with increased funding for energy, rates and water concessions. Speaking in Parliament today, Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said the government had increased the...
National Carers Week 2017 will be celebrated throughout Australia from 15 to 21 October. Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. Carers make an enormous...
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report. QCOSS’ fifth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition:...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...


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...
Seniors Card, Seniors Card + go and Seniors Business Discount Card scheme is a free discount scheme that delivers savings to eligible Queenslanders aged 60 years and older. With a Seniors Card +go , you can have all the benefits of a Seniors Card plus the ability to hold credit for travel on...


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