Office for the Ageing
Office for the Ageing supports and administers two Acts and a range of programs to help older South Australians. These are:
- Office for the Ageing Act 1995
- Retirement Villages Act 2016
- Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan 2014-2019
- Aged Care Assessment Program
- Grants for Seniors and Positive Ageing Grants
- South Australian Seniors Card.
As well as implementing and administering policy, projects and programs OFTA also:
- advises and supports the Ministers for Health and Ageing
- raises awareness of issues affecting older people
- works collaboratively across government and the community
- contributes to policy, planning and service development.
Further information for South Australian seniors can be found at www.sa.gov.au/seniors
Office for the Ageing is committed to genuine and effective community engagement. Effective engagement with older people involves actively listening and genuinely responding to what matters to them most. It is open, inclusive and supports a dynamic dialogue between government and the community. Engagement is not only about giving older people a voice, it is about ensuring older people are valued and respectfully included in the decisions that ultimately affect them. It is about building genuine partnerships with older people to benefit them, the work that we do and the community we live in.
Better Together: A Practical Guide to Effective Engagement with Older People (PDF 4.2MB) has been developed by Office for the Ageing in collaboration with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Most importantly, it is informed by older South Australians and will be used to grow awareness across other areas of government of how to actively include the voice of the older person in what they do.
State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians
Office for the Ageing’s State-wide Conversation with Older South Australians took place during October and November 2016. A series of conversations were held across the state, facilitated by older people trained for the purpose, with many of the discussions held within their own networks. People also jumped online to get involved through the YourSAy website.
Outcomes from the conversations will be used to inform and influence an age-friendly future for South Australia, Office for the Ageing’s work and that of government more broadly for South Australians.