Local Government's Role

Councils play an important role in providing community care services and other activities that enable older people to remain living in their own homes and stay active in their communities. Local government develops plans and ageing strategies to meet the needs of older residents.
LGNSW works with other spheres of government to ensure that residential and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), and healthy ageing programs are well resourced to meet the real and growing level of need amongst older people and their carers.
Seniors' Week in March each year is supported by local government to recognise the valuable contribution older people make to their community, through respect, inclusion and being sensitive to the needs of older people.
Our work in ageing is supported by financial assistance from the NSW Government and the Australian Government Department of Health under the CHSP.

Events and Resources

Aged and Disability Forum 2018

LGNSW held a one-day forum to bring together local council ageing and disability staff and sector support officers. The forum was an opportunity to develop strategies for councils’ roles in service delivery in light of aged and disability care reforms. The forum was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and NSW Family and Community Services.

The Forum was facilitated by Jenny Bray, from Jenny Bray Training and Consulting.

Forum presentations and resources are available for download:

  1. Beyond Aged Care Reform: Issues for Local Government (PDF, 392KB) - provides background and practical examples to undertake an analysis of the implications that aged care reform and the NDIS bring.
  2. CHSP Reform: Implications for Local Government (PDF, 695KB) - presents the results of a scenario planning activity undertaken by participants of the LGNSW Forum and possible service options.
  3. Briefing Note Template (Word, 455KB) - a communication template to report review findings and recommendations to senior management and council.
  4. LGNSW Aged & Disability Forum 2018 Evaluation Report (PDF, 811KB)
  5. Whittlesea Aged Care Reform Review and Recommendations (PDF, 5.5MB) - provides a good example of one council’s process of service review and subsequent report to council.
  6. Results Based Accountability (RBA) Presentation (PowerPoint, 349KB)

Aged and Disability Forum 2017

LGNSW hosted an Aged and Disability Forum for NSW councils on 14 March 2017.

The forum was funded and supported by the Department of Health and Family and Community Services.

The forum was used as a platform to inform and support councils on the aged and disability care reforms and to discuss the implications for their services.    

Forum presentations are available for download:

To further prepare councils for the sector reforms, LGNSW offered the following training:

Ageing Strategies 

Many councils have developed Ageing Strategies to address the needs of older people in the community. These strategies identify the impacts of an ageing population and provide a framework for the council to respond.

LGNSW has developed the Integrated Age-Friendly Toolkit to help NSW councils link their Ageing Strategies to the broader council Community Strategic Plan, Delivery Program and Operational Plan as well as the State Government's NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020.

Seniors across NSW are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new low impact sporting initiative to help them stay active and connected in their communities. Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres launched the Modified Sports Program in August 2017, a partnership between the NSW Government, Football NSW, Netball NSW and Gymnastics NSW.

Increasing Social Connection for Older People in Marginalised Communities

Social isolation can be a major problem for older people and can contribute to poor physical and mental health. Conversely, social connection is an important protective factor, significantly increasing a person’s wellbeing.

NCOSS conducted a round table exercise in June 2017 to bring together members and sector stakeholders to explore the barriers and enablers to social connection for older people from marginalised communities. This Scoping Paper outlines some planning strategies for systemic response to this issue.

Grants & Tenders

NSW Carers Investment Program

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is providing $5.6m over three years for projects that will improve the well-being of carers through the NSW Carers Investment Program. FACS will fund projects that best align with the five focus areas identified in the NSW Carers Strategy and will consider applications from a wide range of organisations.

The program is a redesign of the former Carers Grants.