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.

A new report on older Australian women from Monash University shows half a million older Australian women are living in long-term income poverty, and calls for urgent affordable seniors housing. Losing a job, becoming ill or injured, the breakup of a marriage or death of a spouse – these are among...
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House...
Mental Health Resources 4 Carers Mental Health Resources 4 Carers is a website that aims to answer questions and provide coping support for those who are new to the mental health system in Queensland; have had a loved one unexpectedly diagnosed with mental illness or are in doubt in a caring...
COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is the Seniors Peak giving older Queenslanders a voice on issues that affect them. COTA QLD has just launched Radio COTA, a weekly podcast focused on topical and relevant information for older Queenslanders. Radio COTA is hosted by media veteran Andy Neil and...
The Service Providers Accessibility Guide has been designed by Media Access Australia to provide you with a practical, hands-on, step-by-step way to effectively prepare and deliver content and communications to people with disabilities via computing and mobile devices. The original version of this...
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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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