The department plays a leading role in encouraging a coordinated response to the implementation of the State Government's policy priorities for seniors.
The department's vision is a State where all West Australians can age well in communities where they matter, belong and contribute.
The following activities are undertaken 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 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
The WA Seniors Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of older Western Australians and are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Department of Communities.
Winners of the 2017 awards were announced at a ceremony on Sunday 22 October:
- Phillip Paddon - winner of the Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award - Metropolitan
- Lesley Balinski - winner of the Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award - Regional
About Phillip Paddon
Phillip Paddon has been volunteering for more than 15 years encouraging and supporting older adults to remain active as they age - and have a lot of fun while doing so. He is currently the vice president of the Seniors Recreation Council of WA (SRCWA) and is highly involved in the annual Have a Go Day event for seniors. He runs annual events for the Square Dancing Association of WA and country music concerts for the SRCWA. Phillip works hard in the community to promote active and positive lifestyles for older people as well as being a wonderful example of healthy ageing through activity.
About Lesley Balinski
Lesley Balinski has been providing services to the Katanning community for more than nine years, undertaking an enormous amount of volunteering in the region. She volunteers for the Katanning Harmony Festival, is the president of the Katanning Dramatic Society and is a member of the Katanning Action Network. She is actively involved in working with the culturally and linguistically diverse community in Katanning. She tutors English, helps new arrivals settle in the town, and advocates for them as part of the Katanning Multicultural District Health Advisory Council.
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.
The department offers grants to community organisations and local governments to deliver activities and events during Seniors Week.
In 2017, Seniors Week will run from 29 October to 5 November 2017.
The department together with the Department of Sport and Recreation have partnered with local governments to trial the SilverSport program. SilverSport supports eligible seniors to apply for financial assistance to contribute towards 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 such as swimming, gym memberships, bowls, yoga and more. 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.
SilverSport is available from 1 April 2017 until 31 December 2017 in the local governments of:
From 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017 SilverSport ran in the local governments of:
We are pleased to have supported over 1,100 seniors from these areas to get active and connect to their community through SilverSport. For more information visit the Department of Sport and Recreation.