The proportion of people over 55 in Western Australia has been growing steadily, and will continue to do so for several decades. As our population lives longer, more people will reach retirement with insufficient income and assets to access appropriate housing. Without action, housing stress among seniors and the pressure on Western Australia's social housing system will continue to increase. The private, government and community sectors all need to work together to ensure there are appropriate housing choices available to accommodate seniors’ housing needs as they age.
To address these issues the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Aiming Higher identified a key action to be the development of a Seniors Housing Strategy and accompanying initiatives. The Housing Authority, in partnership with Shelter WA, has commenced a series of consultations with seniors’ organisations, community services, housing and industry stakeholders and senior housing consumers to inform the development of a Seniors Housing Strategy, which will form part of the WA State Affordable Housing Strategy. The objective of the Strategy is to enable older Western Australians on low to moderate incomes to access and sustain available, affordable and appropriate housing, post-retirement age, so they can age well in the community of their choice.
Organisational Stakeholder Workshop - 27 April 2016
Shelter WA, in collaboration with Council of the Ageing WA (COTA WA), Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA) and the Housing Authority, hosted an Organisational Stakeholder Consultation on 27 April 2016.
Shelter WA has produced a Seniors Housing Strategy Organisational Stakeholder Workshop Summary Report to reflect discussions at this event.
Metro and Regional Consultations with Seniors - May/June 2016
Shelter WA and Council of the Ageing (COTA WA) co-hosted six consultations with senior housing consumers in Perth (Mirrabooka), Mandurah, Northam, Albany and Bunbury.
Shelter WA has produced a Seniors Housing Strategy Metropolitan & Regional Consultations Summary Report to reflect discussions at these consultations.
Online Survey - July/August 2016
Shelter WA conducted an online survey over July and August 2016. The information gathered though the survey supplements information gathered during the metropolitan and regional consultations held in May and June 2016.
Shelter WA has produced a Seniors Housing Strategy Online Survey Summary Report which provides an analysis of information gathered in the survey.