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.

Seniors week 2016 starts tomorrow on 13 August, and runs until 21 August. There are many events being held across Queensland, so visit the COTA website to find an event near you. COTA is also running a " face of ageing " campaign, and encourages you to take an elfie (elder selfie) and upload it to...
The Aged Care Legislation (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill passed the Australian parliament on 3 March 2016. Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) has summarised the key points of the document and highlights how the reform will help in transitioning to a system that is more market-based...
The Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders cordially invites you to participate in a workshop about the housing needs of older people. The Queensland Government established the Taskforce to explore housing options for older people that enable improved choice, reduced...
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The Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders cordially invites you to participate in a workshop about the housing needs of older people. The Queensland Government established the Taskforce to explore housing options for older people that enable improved choice, reduced...
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The Switched On Communities Grants program will provide $500,000 for not-for-profit community organisations in South-East Queensland to assist their communities become switched on. With thanks to AGL and the Queensland Government, g rants of up to $100,000 can be used to: Improve the access of...
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The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland has launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community - Action Plan . The Action Plan provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and...
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Digital inclusion is all about ensuring inclusive participation and access to information for all people, no matter what their abilities or circumstances. It's an issue that affects over one billion people who have a disability, as well as those with age-related impairments. If websites or other...
Recently, the Radio COTA podcast explored senior safety in home and online , along with how to become tech savvy, and digital inclusion for older Queenslanders. COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is the Seniors Peak giving older Queenslanders a voice on issues that affect them. COTA Queensland...
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social...
Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a global human right issue that is continuing to grow. Elder abuse knows no boundaries. In this week's episode of Radio COTA , Andy Neil is joined by Mark Phillips, Principal Investigations Officer at the Office of the Public...

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