Senior Victorians given a voice


Melton and Moorabool seniors are being invited to share their insights and experiences by joining the new Senior Victorians Advisory Committee.

Ageing Minister Ingrid Stitt recently launched the new Committee, which will provide more opportunities for older people to give advice directly to the state government on their priorities, the challenges they face, and emerging issues.

She said it is important for seniors to have a platform to share their troubles and concerns.

“It’s important that we hear from older Victorians about the issues that impact their wellbeing, which is why the work of this committee will be so important,” she said.

“We are giving a voice to older Victorians from every walk of life to hear directly from them about how we can improve their lives.”

By 2046, the number of Victorians 60 years and over is set to increase from 1.5 million to 2.3 million, equivalent to 25 per cent of the Victorian population.

Advice from the new Senior Victorians Advisory Committee will help the state government better understand the changing needs of older Victorians and inform programs that impact them.

The Committee’s work will focus on providing advice on the implementation of the Ageing Well Action Plan 2022-2026 and the lived experience of older Victorians.

In addition to this, the Committee will raise awareness of the positive contributions and meaningful participation of older people in social, economic and cultural life, as well as promoting rights and respect for older Victorians.

The Committee will consist of a Chairperson, up to eight community committee members and four sector organisation committee members.

People 60 years and over, and First Nations people 50 years and over, are eligible to apply to join the Committee before Tuesday, July 2.