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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The Queensland Government has announced that thousands of older Queenslanders will continue to enjoy more active and social lives thanks to $18.6 million in funding to prevent isolation and elder abuse. Seniors' Minister Coralee O'Rourke said the funding would be delivered over three years,...
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The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is developing a new strategy for older people in Queensland, to be called Queensland - an Age-friendly Community (the Seniors Strategy), that prioritises the needs and aspirations of older people. The strategy will provide an age-...
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Starting on Saturday 13 August, this year's Seniors Week celebrations will run through to Sunday 21 August. Seniors Week provides the opportunity to unite all Queenslanders to celebrate the valuable contributions seniors make in their communities. The Queensland Government has provided funding to...
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Vision Australia have launched a new, free Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT). An innovation that revolutionises the ease and speed of creating accessible documents in Microsoft Word, the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) supports individuals and organisations to embrace accessibility as ‘...
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COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a state-based organisation committed to advancing the rights, needs and interests of people as they age in Queensland. They work to create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to...
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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’ third Cost of Living Report – Special Edition:...
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The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) is offering free online palliative care through its new training portal. There are six modules which can usually be completed in around 12-15 hours, and are available at no cost to participants. Participants are provided with a...
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Suicide and suicidal behaviour touches the lives of many people in our community but there are ways we can help prevent it. The Operation Life online website will help you understand the warning signs of suicide and provide information and resources to help keep you and others safe from suicide...
This report of the Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee was tabled on 31 August 2015 and is now available on the Queensland Parliament’s Tabled Papers database. Key recommendations from the report include: The development of an updated whole-of-...
2015 QCOSS State Conference - Individuals building thriving communities 13 and 14 October 2015 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Visit the conference website to learn more about the conference. Register here to be part of this exciting two-day event DAY ONE – TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER This year...

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