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Engagement of older adults in Age-friendly Banyule

Engagement of older adults in Age-friendly Banyule

Status: Ongoing

Banyule Australia
Print this page City population: 12550322% over 60Practice started in 2014


Residents may be involved on the Age–friendly Advisory Committee, the Champion program and the Think Tanks.These three levels allow people to participate and contribute to creating an Age-friendly Banyule at the level at which they feel most comfortable. The Advisory Committee contributes to the development of the program as well as providing advice to Council on matters concerning older adults. The Champions can help develop and participate in events and activities, many using their specialised knowledge, interest and skills to support the program. Participants at the Think Tanks are older community members who may have an interest in a particular topic such as transport or community safety. They are invited to attend a Think Tank discussion forum to participate and express their views.Advisory Committee members and Champions are required to have Police Checks, sign a volunteer position description, provide personal and emergency contact details and undergo induction training. All of this has been developed to ensure that proper processes are in place to protect and support the program, the volunteers and the community. The documents were developed with reference to existing Council policies for employees, reference to Volunteers Australia documentation and guidelines and in consultation with a small Committee Working Group. The induction training module has evolved from being developed and presented by Council Officers to including existing Champions in the whole planning, development and delivery of the training. This demonstrates the commitment by Council to involve older adults in all aspects of the Age-friendly program.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Learn, grow and make decisions

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Technologies
  • Inequities

Contact details

Name: Simcox, Catherine

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Volunteers

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No