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NSW Ageing Strategy

About the NSW Ageing Strategy

The NSW population is ageing, with over 1 million people aged 65 and over, and more than 1.3 million aged 50 to 64. By 2031, there will be over 1.8 million people in aged 65 and over, and more than 1.5 million aged 50 to 64.

The NSW Government is committed to making sure older people in NSW experience the benefits of living longer and are able to participate and be included in social and economic life.

We are delivering on this commitment through the NSW Ageing Strategy, which was released in July 2012 as a living document, to allow it to be renewed on a regular basis. Much has been achieved under the Strategy, including the highly successful Tech Savvy Seniors education program, establishing the state wide Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit and our growing Liveable Communities Grants program.

Read the NSW Ageing Strategy:

At a glance:

Ageing in NSW fact sheet in other languages:
Arabic (PDF)Chinese Simplified (PDF)Chinese Traditional (PDF)Croatian (PDF)Greek (PDF)Italian (PDF)Korean (PDF)Macedonian (PDF)Maltese (PDF)Polish (PDF)Portuguese (PDF)Russian (PDF)Spanish (PDF)Vietnamese (PDF)

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Renewal of the Strategy

The Strategy was designed as a living document. It is now being revised from the ground-up based on the themes and ideas brought forward by older people.

The renewed Strategy will seek to respond to the opportunities of an ageing population based on community input. We have heard from older people of different ages and cultural backgrounds from across NSW. Over 4,300 people participated in focus groups, surveys, and our listening tour, which visited 10 locations across NSW.

To ensure it is evidence based, we have also evaluated the original Strategy and undertaken research on ageing experiences.

We look forward to sharing the results of the consultations, and our renewed Strategy, later in 2016.

Roundtable with the private sector

On 15 April 2016, the Minister for Ageing, the Hon. John Ajaka, hosted a roundtable with some of the brightest minds from business, academia and the non-government sector to discuss how NSW can seize the opportunities being created by an ageing population. The roundtable focused on how government can better work with the private sector, including harnessing their ideas and innovation, to deliver the best outcomes for the ageing population.

The roundtable was one of the consultations which will inform the renewed NSW Ageing Strategy.

Have Your Say survey

As part of the consultations with older people, the NSW Government conducted a public survey on It was completed by 718 people.

Thank you to the many older people and other community members who shared their ideas and priorities with us through this survey. The comments and suggestions we received are informing the renewal of the Strategy.

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