Elder care and seniors support

Support and assistance for older Australians

Here are the details of some organisations for seniors around Australia that can help you or your family if you need information or other support.

National seniors organisations

Australian Capital Territory seniors organisations

Northern Territory seniors organisations

  • Aged and Disability Advocacy Service (ADAS) - Darwin Community Legal Service - ADAS advocates on behalf of older people or people with disabilities and their representatives. ADAS also provides information about your rights, including those that relate to where you live, the care and services you receive, legal representation, employment, and accessing an interpreter.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) NT - Represents older people in the NT. Activities include member services, projects and policy work.
  • NT Government: The Office of Senior Territorians - Information and links for older people in the Northern Territory as well as those who provide services to seniors.

New South Wales seniors organisations

  • Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) - Part of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, ADHC provides services and support to older people, people with a disability, and their families and carers.
  • Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit (EAHRU) - Confidential helpline offering information, advice and referrals for people who experience, witness or suspect the abuse of older people living in their homes in NSW. The helpline number is 1800 628 221.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW - Represents older people in NSW. Activities include member services, projects and policy work.
  • NSW Health - A guide to some activities and programs to aid the mental health and wellbeing of older people in NSW. 
  • Planning Ahead Tools - A NSW Government initiative, this website contains information, tools and resources to ensure your legal, health and asset wishes are known and you have a plan for the future.
  • Seniors Information Service - Provides information on a range of relevant issues, as well as contact details for legal, health or financial services.
  • Seniors Rights Service - A NSW community legal centre that advocates for residents of hostels, nursing homes and retirement villages, and for older people with in-home care.

Queensland seniors organisations

South Australia seniors organisations

  • Aged Rights Advocacy Service Inc. - Information about resources and guidance on how to support older people who are experiencing abuse.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) SA - Represents older people in South Australia. Activities include member services, projects and policy work.
  • SA Health - Provides links to a range of specialised health services for older South Australians.
  • SA Government: Grandparents as carers - Provides links to information and support networks for grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
  • SA Government: Seniors' rights - Provides links to information and resources related to a number of legal issues, including consumer rights and financial control.
  • SA Police Home Assist - Offers security and personal safety services, such as a free home security audit, to people eligible for Home and Community Care (HACC). 

Tasmania seniors organisations

Victoria seniors organisations

  • Aged Care in Victoria - Provides information and links to aged care services in Victoria.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria - Represents older people in Victoria. Activities include member services, projects and policy work.
  • Elder Rights Advocacy - promotes and upholds the rights of Victorians who receive aged care services.
  • Seniors Online - This Victorian Government website provides a range of resources and information for older Victorians.
  • Seniors Rights Victoria - Provides advice, support and information for older Victorians, including the prevention of elder abuse.
  • Vic Roads - Provides information for older drivers and their families.

Western Australia seniors organisations

  • Access WA - Helps you to find services that have 'universal access' features, such as parking, toilets, accommodation, entertainment, sports and recreation for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Advocare Inc. - Advocates and provides information and education to and on behalf of older people and people with disabilities.
  • Council on the Ageing (COTA) WA - Represents older people in Western Australia. Activities include member services, projects and policy work.
  • Department of Commerce Seniors Housing Centre (SHC) - This is a free, independent information and advice service covering the full range of housing options for seniors in WA.
  • Department of Local Government and Communities - Provides links to information and support services, including discounts and concessions available to WA Seniors Card holders, a resource guide for grandparents raising grandchildren and links to information about volunteering.
  • Independent Living Centre (ILC) - Provides information and advice, assessment, training, funding and hire services that enable Western Australians of all ages and abilities to live more independent and fulfilling lives.
  • Retirees WA - Not-for-profit organisation advocating for seniors.
  • Western Australia Police - Provides safety tips for seniors, as well as information on identifying and reporting elder abuse.

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Last updated: 05 Apr 2016