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. 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 2017/18:

2017/18 Age Friendly SA Grant Recipient Project

City of Port Lincoln
District Council of Tumby Bay
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula 

Ageing Well in Southern Eyre Peninsula

This regional partnership project aims to establish significant community and industry engagement across the region to review and identify key themes for ageing well and age friendly priorities that will inform development of an Ageing Well in Southern Eyre Peninsula Strategy.

City of Marion
City of Onkaparinga
City of Holdfast Bay
City of Mitcham

Building Wellbeing Across the Southern Region

This partnership of Councils will work together to establish a network of community champions involved in delivering peer education and community information to support resilience and wellbeing of older people living in the Southern region.

City of Victor Harbor

CADDY – Meaningful Community Participation for People Living With Memory Loss

A prototype volunteer model based on principles of the golfing caddy, that aims to support ongoing participation in meaningful social and community activities and contribute to resilience and wellbeing of older people with dementia living in the Victor Harbor and Alexandrina councils. Alzheimer’s Australia will provide volunteer training and support, and the project benefits will be evaluated by the University of South Australia.

District Council of Barunga West

Social Media Sessions for Seniors

Supported by the Port Broughton Area School, the District Council of Barunga West will host sessions for older members of the Port Broughton community, engaging them in learning new technical and social skills helping them to connect with other members of their community, family and friends, access information about community and government services, and engage in activities for health and wellbeing through learning digital literacy skills.

District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula

Engaging Ageing Residents – Creating Connections

The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula will partner with the Eyre Peninsula branch of the Australian Red Cross to establish a social connectedness program co-designed to support older people connect to community, information and activities for health and wellbeing and digital literacy.

City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters

Connecting Older People to Places – Age Friendly Wayfinding Strategy

This project involves the development of a pedestrian focused Wayfinding Signage Strategy to inform age friendly signage and enable older people to walk to key locations and places of interest in Norwood.

City of Tea Tree Gully

Creating a Framework for the Design of Age Friendly Communities – The Modbury Age Friendly City Precinct

Development of a framework, co-designed by Uni SA, with government, industry and community, that will inform the design of precincts seeking to become ‘Age Friendly’ and recommended projects for implementation by Council and partnering agency ECH.

City of Playford

Creating Intergenerational Connections Through Shared Stories and Learning

An intergenerational connectedness program that engages older men (Playford Men’s Shed), in teaching woodworking and metalworking skills to youth (Yourtown Youth Services) and working with school children (Elizabeth North Primary School), to design and make items of outdoor furniture for the school community.



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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