Taking opportunities of an ageing population

Government, academia, business and the non-government sector have came together to discuss how NSW can seize opportunities created by an ageing population at a roundtable today.


Minister for Ageing John Ajaka hosted the roundtable as part of consultations to renew the NSW Ageing Strategy.


More than 20 representatives attended including representatives from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, Telstra, the NRMA, Westpac, Urban Taskforce and Mission Australia.


“The so-called ‘greying’ of the community will mean significant change for our people, our communities and our economy. All too often, pundits focus on the challenges of an ageing population. But this change isn’t one-sided. Change brings with it both challenges and opportunities,” Mr Ajaka said.


“The task for people, communities, business and government is how best to manage the challenges and, most importantly, seize the opportunities being created by an ageing population.


“This roundtable was focused on how government can better work with the private sector, including harnessing their ideas and innovation, to deliver the best outcomes for our seniors.”


The NSW Ageing Strategy is a whole-of-government approach to responding to an ageing population that is based on community input. The Strategy is aimed at ensuring older people can experience all the benefits of living longer, and are able to fully participate in life.


The proposed five key priority areas of the Strategy include:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Working and Retirement

  • Housing choices

  • Getting around

  • Inclusive communities

The Strategy is being revised from the ground up based on the feedback from stakeholders and the community. It led to the creation of highly successful initiatives like Tech Savvy Seniors, the Elder Abuse Helpline and the expansion of the NSW Seniors Card.


The second NSW Ageing Strategy will be released later in 2016.


For more information about the first NSW Ageing Strategy, see http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about_us/strategies/nsw_ageing_strategy


15 April 2016.