VISION STATEMENT Older Canberrans are recognised as valued members of our community and enabled to lead productive and active lives as they age.
Informing the Vision for Our City
In 2018, the ACT Government began planning for the next steps for an age-friendly Canberra.
An important part of that planning was The Age-Friendly City Survey (768 responses), which asked older Canberrans to share their views and experiences on what was working well and what needed to improve.
Results show older Canberrans have a high level of engagement with community and actively help and support family and friends. Almost all respondents indicated they had the information and support needed to stay healthy and connected.
However, results also indicate we need to better value the experience and knowledge of older people. 29% of respondents said they had been subject to age-based discrimination, including being made to feel invisible or underestimated often when shopping or in the workplace.
Many respondents identified housing and transport as priority areas for older Canberrans. They indicated there is a need for more ground level, single storey, affordable housing options close to transport and amenities.
They also indicated the importance of readily available and accessible public transport and parking as well as safe walkways.
Next Steps for an Age Friendly Canberra
Results of the Age-Friendly City Survey and the expertise of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing were used to identify a set of twelve foundational principles, identified in Age-Friendly Canberra - A Vision for our City, that will guide our work to foster Canberra as an age-friendly city.
These principles will be applied to work impacting older Canberrans now and into the future. They will also be used to inform an Age-Friendly City Plan to be developed in consultation with older people and the community.
This plan will align with other key ACT Government Frameworks, including the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, the ACT Housing Strategy, and the Moving Canberra: Integrated Transport Strategy.