The Andrews Labor Government commitment to a fairer Victoria is welcomed by older Victorians, who share a desire to live in a State where we can all thrive. Yet, in this rich and vibrant state, systemic age discrimination that enables the expression of ageism in every day interactions, remains a key barrier to both social and economic participation of many older Victorians.
Older Victorians are a diverse and dynamic group and growing in number. That’s why targeted investment in infrastructure and services that enable older Victorians of all walks of life to age well is crucial to progressing the government’s agenda. Such investment will provide a positive return on investment, particularly with reduced health care costs and positive social and economic impacts.
As the Victorian Government develops its next budget, we call for investment in six key areas:
- Liveable communities that foster social participation of older people.
- Supporting mature aged workers to be sought after and valued employees.
- A transport system that gets all older Victorians where they need to go.
- Information services that meet the needs of all older Victorians.
- Supporting Victorians to plan for a future of healthy ageing.
- Strengthening our family violence response for older people.