The Ageing in Place pilot project is about caring for people as they enter their senior years by providing suitable housing options to enable people to stay in their towns, close to friends and family.

The project will enhance regional liveability and support sustainability in local communities where there is a shortfall in dwellings suitable for older people.

Often residents in more remote or regional towns throughout Queensland are confronted with the difficult decision to move to a bigger centre because of a lack of appropriate accommodation in their own communities.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) is engaging with local governments, the development sector and community organisations to identify candidate towns to pilot the Ageing in Place initiative.

EDQ proposes to deliver climate smart, resilient, adaptable housing that will address the shortage of purpose designed housing aimed to keep senior citizens within their community.

The pilot project supports EDQ's objectives of delivering economic development and development for community purpose and the objectives of the State Government's new seniors' strategy, Queensland: an age-friendly community.

Parties interested in participating in the pilot project are asked to submit a proposal to EDQ. For further details regarding eligibility, the assessment criteria for the pilot project, and how to submit a proposal, download the Ageing in Place pilot project guidelines (PDF icon 117 KB).

Frequently asked questions

What is the Ageing in Place pilot project?

The Ageing in Place pilot project is about caring for people as they enter their senior years, by building adaptable housing in regional communities so that people can remain in their towns, close to family and friends.

The strategy includes building one and two bedroom low set duplex and villa homes featuring wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs.

The design includes kitchen benches set at different heights, reinforced bathrooms for the inclusion of handrails and accessibility equipment, and personal safety switches.

The safety switches will summon immediate assistance and allow care and support services to be provided in the home, delaying the need for aged care.

Other technologies to make the houses more energy and water efficient include community solar panels, storage batteries and essential circuits—which could enable the home to operate off the grid during black outs, providing a comfortable home with reduced energy bills.

What is ‘Ageing in Place’?

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