Ageing in Place: Home and Housing for Australia’s Older Renters

This report is the third edition of Anglicare Australia’s Australia Fair series. Projects released as part of the Australia Fair series are evidence-based, reflect the voices of Anglicare Australia clients, and are designed to set the policy agenda.

Ageing in Place: Home and Housing for Australia’s Older Renters explores how Australians want to age and the barriers they face to staying at home, especially for renters. It presents the findings of a survey that looked at older people’s preferences around ageing at home.

Renting for Older People

Surveys consistently show that the vast majority of older Australians want to live in their own home as they age. The main reason appears to be the desire to remain linked by proximity to the community and services with which people are familiar.

Ageing in place means giving older people the support they need to live safely, independently, and comfortably, in the place they want, for as long as possible. A prerequisite for ageing in place is a safe and secure home to do it in.

This survey found that 87 per cent of people wanted to remain at home. Similarly, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute recently found that between 78 and 81 per cent of older Australians aged over 55 want to live in their own home as they age.

Read ‘Ageing in Place: Home and Housing for Australia’s Older Renters’ here.