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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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...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
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Queensland Government media release Community organisations and councils across Queensland can apply for subsidies of up to $1000 to help fund local events during Seniors Week 2017, to be held from 19-27 August. Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the subsidies were a great way to help...
Queensland Government Media Release The Queensland Government announced it is providing $2 million from the Business Development Fund to Brisbane-based home care company, Five Good Friends. Acting Premier and Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the company developed IT applications allowing older people to...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...

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