First Meeting of the 2017-2019 ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

20 July 2017

Communique [PDF 108KB]

The first meeting of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) was held on 20 July 2017. The meeting successfully led to the identification of priority work areas for the council.

The loss of council member, David Rymer, was felt by all. David served on the MACA for three years and had been appointed to the current council. He passed away on 17 July, only three days before the meeting. David’s active contributions and good humour were missed by those who had the pleasure of working with him.

The Minister for Seniors and Veterans, Gordon Ramsay MLA, welcomed council members. He told members they had been appointed for their willingness to take an active role, and encouraged the council to 'be bold'.

The levers to make a difference for seniors sit across many areas of Government including transport, planning and health. Members were encouraged to seek to influence work broadly across Government and to seize the opportunity for Canberra to lead the nation as an age friendly city.

The Chair of the MACA, Fiona May, led a session where members expressed their priorities for seniors. The group settled on three priority areas of work for the MACA to progress in its term— elder abuse, supported decision making and the continued development an age-friendly Canberra.

The council will meet more frequently over the next three months to conduct targeted planning sessions in the priority areas. The council welcomes your ideas and views on these topics.

Please contact the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing through the Secretariat on 6207 8830 or email