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Updated resource makes planning for an ageing community easier

24 June 2013



Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance today said that the updated Resource for Ageing Population Planning (RAPP) available through Local Government NSW would assist councils to plan for an ageing population.

"The demographic shift to an older population has significant consequences for communities and planning for it is a key priority," Mr Constance said.

"Access to meaningful projections can assist communities to make their locality as age-friendly as possible."

The RAPP has now been updated to reflect the latest data available from the 2011 Census.

"I encourage councils, government and private organisations to use the RAPP as the data presented is easier to use, understand and is more targeted than what is available in the Census," Mr Constance said.

One of the key priorities of the NSW Ageing Strategy released in July 2012 is to include planning for an ageing population in local community strategic plans.

"Using the RAPP, councils can identify the current and projected number of older people in their area as well as basic population characteristics, such as the number of Indigenous people, and to compare these to other councils, regions and the state," Mr Constance said.

Family and Community Services, Office for Ageing provided funding to Local Government NSW through the NSW Ageing Strategy Grants for the resource.

The RAPP is free and is available through the Local Government NSW website.

To view the NSW Ageing Strategy, visit www.ageing.nsw.gov.au.

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