The Department of Local Government and Communities plays a leading role in encouraging a coordinated response to the implementation of the State Government's policy priorities for seniors.
DLGC's vision is a State where all West Australians can age well in communities where they matter, belong and contribute.
DLGC undertakes the following activities to help community and business partners achieve this vision.
An Age-friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017
The Framework guides the actions of government agencies and their community and business partners in service planning and developments, to create age-friendly communities throughout the State.
Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council
The Seniors Ministerial Advisory Council provides a voice for West Australian seniors and their representative bodies to directly express their views to the State Government on policy decisions specific to seniors.
Seniors' Housing Centre
The Department of Local Government and Communities collaborates with COTA: WA and the Department of Commerce to provide funding for the Seniors' Housing Centre.
This resource centre provides free information to senior West Australians relating to their current and future accommodation arrangements through the delivery of community education sessions and directly to individuals.
WA Seniors Awards
DLGC formally recognises the outstanding contribution of seniors to the community through the annual WA Seniors Awards which are presented in partnership with COTA WA and supported by Lotterywest.
Winners were announced at a gala cermony on Sunday 6 November 2016.
Seniors Week is an annual state-wide celebration that recognises and thanks seniors for their contributions to the community. Activities throughout Seniors Week are designed to challenge negative stereotypes of seniors and present a positive image of ageing. Promoting intergenerational celebrations is also a priority.
DLGC offers grants to community organisations and local governments to deliver activities and events during Seniors Week.
Seniors Week 2016 was held from Sunday 6 November to Sunday 13 November.
The Department of Sport and Recreation and Department of Local Government and Communities are partnering with local governments to deliver an exciting new trial program which supports eligible seniors to participate in sport and active recreation. SilverSport covers costs associated with sport club memberships or physical activity program fees of up to $200 per person, subject to available funding.
Eligible seniors can get SilverSport funding for a range of sport or active recreation activities delivered by clubs, community organisations, businesses and recreation centres. To be eligible, applicants need to be residents of the trial areas, aged 60 years or over and have a health care card or pensioner concession card.
The program started on 1 July 2016 in the City of Belmont, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (including Shire of Coolgardie), City of Kwinana and Shire of Northam.
Due to its success, it has been expanded to the City of Albany and City of Bunbury which start on 1 April 2017.
For more information visit the Department of Sport and Recreation.