Thank you for helping to develop a Positive Ageing Policy.

Council has now endorsed the Positive Ageing Policy 2023 - 2027 at its 17 May Council Meeting.

The Positive Ageing Policy seeks to ensure that Port Phillip is an age-friendly city across three areas:

  • A welcoming and inclusive community that values the diversity and contribution of people as they age
  • A city where public spaces and community facilities are safe and easy to access
  • A city where all older people have opportunities to take part in community and civic life and can access the services, programs and housing that meet their changing needs as they age.

This can be viewed HERE or in the Document Library on this page.

The information collected in 2023 is included in the Engagement Summary Report. .


During February and March of 2023, we consulted with the community on the draft Positive Ageing Policy. These activities included:

  • an online survey here on Have Your Say
  • paper surveys supplied to clients of Council's support and recreational services
  • paper surveys in languages other than English (Greek, Polish and Russian)
  • attending 3 Neighbourhood Conversation sessions through March
  • workshops with the positive ageing sub-committee

Consistent with Australia-wide trends, our population is ageing. In 2021, there were more than 19,000 people aged 60 years and older residing in the City of Port Phillip representing 19 per cent of our population. This is an increase of approximately 3,000 older residents since 2016.

By 2041, people aged 60 years and older are forecast to represent almost 21% of the Port Phillip population, and in areas such as Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Albert Park and Middle Park at least one in four residents will be over sixty.

This draft policy has been guided by the WHO Age Friendly Communities and Cities Framework. This identifies eight inter-related topics that enable cities to become more age-friendly and encourage active ageing: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information and community support and health services.

For more information, we prepared a background paper on the key issues and opportunities across each of topics This is part of the evidence-base that has informed this draft policy.

During 2022 we undertook a series of community engagement activities designed to explore what it means to age positively and what Council’s role should be in helping the community achieve this. These activities included:

  • Stakeholder interviews with service providers
  • A community survey (available between February and March 2023)
  • Workshops with the positive ageing sub-committee

Through the engagement, the following key themes were identified as importance to our community:

  • Social participation, respect and inclusion – we heard the positive ageing meant having respectful and inclusive opportunities to participate in community life.
  • Community support and health services – we heard that the availability of community support and health services was important for wellbeing and independence.
  • Housing – being able to age in place was a key theme with housing stability and support to stay at home raised as important.
  • Outdoor spaces and moving around – we heard that the physical environment provided opportunities for social interaction and connection outside the home and that safe, affordable and accessible transport options was a key enabler.

These themes are reflected in the draft policy.

Who was part of the Positive Ageing Subcommittee?

The Positive Ageing Policy Subcommittee consisted of 8 members of the Older Person Advisory Committee, 3 members of the Multicultural Committee and 1 person associated with the LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee. The group has meant four times to identify the focus areas for the policy, prioritise policy commitments and provide feedback on the proposed draft policy.

Our aspirations for positive ageing

  • 1. All people have access to opportunities for social and intergenerational connections as they age 

  • 2. Effective communication and education ensure people are aware of and can access services to maintain their health and wellbeing 

  • 3. The contribution of older people from all genders, backgrounds, identities, and abilities is respected and valued across our community 

  • 4. Accessible, affordable, and quality services are available to meet changing needs to support health and independence as people age 

  • 5. Secure, affordable, and accessible housing enables people to ‘age in place’

  • 6. Well-designed neighbourhoods enable easy access to services, and connection to friends, family, and community life