Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. The action I am seeking is in relation to Victoria’s ageing population and the lack of an ageing strategy. Last week the minister announced the 35th Victorian Seniors Festival, which celebrates the contribution of the more than 1 million Victorians over the age of 60. In the minister’s press release he indicated that his government is:
… working towards an age-friendly and inclusive Victoria for all seniors.
In acknowledging that our population is ageing and that as a consequence our labour supply will contract and our expenditure on health and aged care will increase, simply ‘working towards an age-friendly’ Victoria is not enough. By 2050 the number of people aged between 65 and 85 will double in Victoria and the number of people aged over 85 will quadruple.
New South Wales and South Australia both have strategic plans in place to support the ageing and older workforce and greater senior participation, and these include addressing things like health and wellbeing, working and retiring, housing choices, transport and communities. The ageing strategy that I am seeking is one that goes across all departments, and I ask the minister to publish an ageing strategy in their term of government. There was not one at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.