Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Five-year planning framework for seniors

    19/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017 launched today
    • Framework to guide policy actions of Government agencies and partners
    The Liberal-National Government’s planning blueprint for Western Australian seniors was released today.
     
    Launching An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney said the document would guide the actions of Government agencies and their partners in developing policies and programs for seniors across the next five years.
     
    “The State Government is aware that Western Australia has an ageing population, with seniors expected to make up 25 per cent of the population by 2040,” Mrs McSweeney said.
     
    “It is vital that we plan ahead for this growing demographic and this document will enable us to do this. 
     
    “The Liberal-National Government is proud of its achievements for seniors. An Age-friendly WA builds on these achievements with a strategic vision for the future, setting a challenge to all of us to contribute to the continued development of an age-friendly Western Australia.”
     
    The five policy directions contained in An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017 are: 
    • promoting health and wellbeing
    • access to essential services
    • economic security and protection of rights
    • welcoming and well-planned communities
    • opportunities to contribute
    In WA, 17 per cent of the population is older than 60.  This is expected to increase to more than 21 per cent by 2020.  By 2040, one in four West Australians will be 60 years of age or older.
     
    With support from the State Government, 27 local government authorities have adopted planning for age-friendly communities, with almost one third of Western Australian seniors now living in local communities which are actively working towards being age-friendly.
     
          Fact File
    • WA has one of the country’s most generous Seniors Card programs, which is now worth $1,450 in concessions and rebates to eligible seniors
    • Liberal-National Government introduced the Cost of Living Rebate for Seniors Card holders in 2009, which has put more than $114m back into the pockets of WA seniors
    • An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017 available from the Department for Communities website at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au 
    Minister's office  - 6552 6500