Age Friendly SA

A great place to spend a lifetime

Released on 22 May 2017 by the Minister for Ageing, the Age Friendly SA Strategy (PDF 2MB) is the third strategy to come out of Prosperity Through Longevity, South Australia’s Ageing Plan 2014-19 (PDF 8MB) and reinforces the South Australian Government’s commitment to developing age friendly communities throughout our state.

South Australians are living longer than ever before. In 2011, around 34% of South Australia’s population were aged 50 years or over. By 2061, this proportion is expected to increase to over 42%. Our vision is for South Australia to be a place where older people are recognised as valued members of the community and an important resource to society; where people are included in decisions that affect them and supported to lead productive and active lives as they age. South Australia is a great place to live, contribute and spend a lifetime.

In late 2016, more than 425 older South Australians participated in 50 separate community conversations as part of the State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians. These conversations shaped the five key priorities that form the backbone of the Age Friendly SA Strategy:

  • Home, Community & Environment: Creating spaces that are inviting and accessible to all ages; encouraging a sense of community, as well as safety, security and independence. Enjoying nature and taking care of the environment for the future.
  • Making a Contribution: Supporting opportunities for the positive contribution, lifelong learning and active participation of older people. Ensuring the voices of older people are sought out and heard.
  • Making it Easier to Get Around: Well-maintained paths for walking and cycling. Reliable and affordable transport, convenient parking, and being able to travel safely around our city and neighbourhoods, are all part of maintaining connection to community and independence.
  • Intergenerational Connectedness: Creating environments and communities that bring together people of all ages and stages of life; promoting strong community connections; building trust; challenging ageism; and creating opportunities for shared activities.
  • Age Friendly Services: Ensuring services are designed and delivered in ways that are inclusive of and respectful to the needs and wants of older people.

The Strategy also features three broad themes for action: Community Connections; Access and Activity; and Digital Inclusion, which encourage cross-sector partnerships and present significant opportunities to drive the state government’s age friendly work across the five priority areas. This builds on the strong leadership of local Councils, who have been progressing Age friendly neighbourhoods (PDF 4MB) since 2011.

The Age Friendly SA Strategy will be supported by an Implementation Plan, to be released later in 2017. This will be refreshed regularly and feature age friendly innovation through initiatives and projects from across government and the broader community. A number of early action projects are already underway, including the establishment of an Age Friendly SA Grant Round, providing grants of up to $25,000 to deliver projects that contribute to an age friendly South Australia. Eight Age Friendly SA Grants have been awarded to local Councils and community organisations in 2017:

2017 Age Friendly SA Grant Recipient Project
City of Campbelltown

Campbelltown Talent Bank

This project will focus on ‘time-banking’ in the City of Campbelltown and will develop a register that helps to identify and capture the talents that older residents are willing to share with others.

City of Salisbury

Generation Connect - Inter-generational digital mentoring and storytelling

Based in the Salisbury area, this project will connect seniors and youth through opportunities to learn new digital skills, helpful for every-day life.

The City of Unley

Dementia Friendly Training for School Aged Children

The City of Unley will partner with Alzheimer’s Australia and a local primary school to deliver custom designed and age appropriate dementia awareness training, and create performing arts activities for students to connect with and share with people who are living with dementia and their carers.

Helping Hand Aged Care Incorporated

Adelaide's Age Friendly Walking Trails

This project will engage older people and university students to work alongside City of Adelaide staff to explore and co-design solutions to improve the age friendliness of walking trails in three Parklands areas.

Port Neill Progress Association Incorporated

Kick Start our Community - Fulfilling an active and enjoyable life by connecting generations

Supported by the District Council of Tumby Bay, this project will create an inclusive and accessible hub for people of all ages to meet and participate in fitness and wellbeing activities at their own level and pace.

Strathalbyn Children’s Centre

No More Secret Men's Business! Children working with older adults

This project will support intergenerational connections through a series of fortnightly visits by groups of children from the Strathalbyn Children’s Centre to the Milang Men's Shed, to share woodworking skills to design and create playground equipment, and provide a time for important conversations.

The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Mindset for Life: an innovation & life-skills course for older South Australians

TACSI, in partnership with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and COTA SA, will work with older people to co-design, test and produce Mindset for Life: A Personal Development Toolkit for older people to develop innovation and life skills.

United Way South Australia

Age Friendly Read Aloud in School

A reading program for disadvantaged children living in the City of Playford, supported by trained City of Playford volunteers who will listen to and help children with their reading.



For further information, including Age Friendly SA promotional material and resources, contact the Office for the Ageing:


Telephone: (08) 8204 2420
Postal address: PO Box 196 Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000

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