Residential taskforce for ageing Queenslanders

A taskforce of industry experts has been appointed by the Queensland Government to identify affordable and independent housing options for ageing Queenslanders.

 

Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke announced the appointment of the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders today, to support Queensland seniors to retain their independence.

 

Mrs O’Rourke said, “The primary focus of the taskforce will consider the needs of older people and will aim to improve choice, affordability, fairness and independence, while reducing complexity in their transition to aged care.

 

“The taskforce will consider and advise the State Government on options for the supply of housing, supports and other initiatives that will improve choices for Queensland seniors.”

 

Minister O’Rourke said the 11 representatives on the taskforce included industry-leading property and finance experts and high-profile leaders from the seniors sector, government and academics.

 

The members of the taskforce bring a wide range of knowledge and experience, led by independent chair Professor Laurie Buys from QUT, a social science researcher focussing on active ageing.”

 

Census data indicates that 77 per cent of Queenslanders aged 65 and over lived in their own homes, while about 10 per cent rented privately, and about 9 per cent lived in retirement villages and residential park homes.

 

In the 25 years to 2036, the number of Queenslanders aged 65 and over is expected to increase from 429,000 to 1.4 million.

 

The Taskforce will provide a report with advice and recommendations to the Government by 31 August 2016.

 

Members of the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders are:

  • Professor Laurie Buys, Queensland University of Technology

  • Mr Chris Mountford, Property Council of Australia

  • Mr John Stalker, Council on the Ageing Queensland

  • Ms Ruth Toomey, Queensland Council of Social Service

  • Mr Mike Essert, Department of Housing and Public Works

  • Ms Leigh Roach, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

  • Professor Luke Connelly, University of Queensland

  • Mr John Nesbitt, Suncorp

  • Ms Penny Car, Tenants Queensland

  • Ms Wendy Lovelace, Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design

  • Representatives from Department of Social Security.

 

28 October 2015.