Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Sep 2019


Council developed the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016 to address the changing needs of older people on the Sunshine Coast.

The Strategy contributes to council's vision by building a strong, connected and vibrant older population on the Sunshine Coast.


Council recognises the important and positive contributions older people make to Sunshine Coast communities. It promotes collaboration between council and other agencies to:

  • meet the needs of older people
  • maximise the benefits of an ageing population.

To develop the Positive Ageing Strategy, council consulted widely with:

  • older people
  • the broader community
  • service providers
  • community organisations
  • government agencies.

View the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016 [4.6MB]

Community engagement

The Positive Ageing Community Survey 2010 was conducted between October and November 2010. This engagement led to a better understanding of the issues, needs and aspirations of older people on the Coast. In total, 785 people responded to the survey, providing information about:

  • what positive ageing means to them
  • what positive impacts affect their lives
  • what challenges they currently face
  • what are their hopes for the future of the Sunshine Coast.

Council also consulted with service providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop the strategy.

View the community engagement outcomes in the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Survey Report 2011 [896KB].

Council also hosted the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Conference 2011. The conference brought together over 60 representatives from more than 40 key agencies across the region. This helped to develop a shared strategic direction in addressing the needs of older people.

In April 2011, the community was invited to comment on the draft Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016. The draft strategy was available for comment until 26 April 2011.


The strategy is supported by the Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Foundation Paper 2011 [686KB].

This paper presents a summary of research on the issues associated with ageing.

The Positive Ageing Strategy is supported by a set of principles developed from this research. The principles are:

  1. Equitable access for all
  2. Dignity and respect
  3. Diversity
  4. Safety
  5. Participation and connectedness
  6. Opportunities for all to an independent lifestyle
  7. Collaborative partnerships

Council's commitment to older people is based on these seven principles. The principles demonstrate that the ability to age in a positive way is dependent on a number of interrelated factors.


For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email

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