How to have YourSay:

To inform future work, the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the ACT Government are seeking the views of senior Canberrans of their experience of Canberra as an age friendly city.

There are a variety of ways to have your say and share your experiences from 12 March to 12 April 2018:

  • Take the survey online
  • Complete the hardcopy survey at the Seniors Week Expo and place in the boxes provided
  • Pick up a hardcopy survey to complete in your own time and mail via the reply paid envelope

We are looking at:

In 2011, the ACT was accepted as a member of the World Health Organisation's Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. Canberra fosters an age friendly city by helping senior Canberrans to:

  • age safely in a place that is right for them;
  • be free from poverty and continue to develop personally; and
  • contribute to Canberra while retaining autonomy, health and dignity.

We are getting ready for a city which will be home to 500,000 people by 2030. We're growing rapidly with 7,000 new Canberrans and 5,800 reaching the age of 60 each year. We're planning for where Canberrans will live, the hospitals they will need, how they will easily move around the city and adapt to a changing climate.

As our city expands we want a Canberra that is inclusive, innovative, healthy, smart, active and fun - a city Canberrans are proud to call home, no matter what their age may be.

We will use your views to:

The Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing and the ACT Government are seeking the views of senior Canberrans on their experience of Canberra as an age friendly city to inform a wide range of future work.

Age Friendly Initiatives

Since 2010 the ACT Government, with input from the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, has been actively driving better support, connections and initiatives for senior Canberrans. Here are some of the highlights:


  • 2000 Canberrans participated in the Age Friendly City Survey in 2011
  • There were two Older Persons Assemblies
  • We hosted the inaugural Australian Age-friendly Cities and Communities Conference in 2013




  • Design, development and tenanting of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older persons housing establishment


  • Age friendly suburbs upgrades for crossing, footpaths and bus stops in Ainslie, Weston, Monash and Kaleen, with Hughes and Page to come
  • Active living principles incorporated into the Territory Plan guiding future suburb design like amounts and style of seating, paths, access points and lighting


  • ACT Participation Grants for Seniors and Veterans support Senior Canberrans to remain active and connected to their community. They include digital literary, connecting multicultural community members and raising awareness of elder abuse