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The NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) is the primary source of advice to the NSW Government on ageing policy, including issues affecting older people in NSW and responding to the challenges and opportunities of population ageing.

The MACA has a central role in the ongoing development and monitoring of the NSW Ageing Strategy.

The MACA will have a number of vacancies in 2020 and is seeking expressions of interest from people with experience, expertise and interest in the wellbeing of older people and in responding to population ageing.

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Role of the Council

The MACA is appointed to advise the Minister for Seniors, The Hon John Sidoti, MP,  on ageing policy. This includes matters affecting the needs, interests and wellbeing of older people, the preparedness of younger people for their later life, and policy responses to the implications of population ageing for Government, the private sector and the community.

The Government is committed to seeking independent advice from the MACA and regards it as the NSW Government’s principal advisory body on ageing policy.

The MACA has a central role in the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of the NSW Ageing Strategy.

The MACA is supported by a small secretariat team within the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).


Membership is open to anyone with relevant experience, expertise or interest in ageing policy. While the majority of members are older people, people of any age are encouraged to apply.

Members are appointed by the Minister for Seniors, and are selected to provide a diverse range of skills, experience, expertise, networks and interests.

The MACA includes people from metropolitan and rural areas, culturally and linguistically diverse and indigenous backgrounds.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for Council membership will need to address the following selection criteria in their application:

  • A demonstrated interest or understanding of:
    • the issues affecting older people and the diversity of older people’s circumstances; and/or
    • the opportunities and challenges associated with population ageing.
  • Good communication skills and a capacity to contribute in meetings and small group discussions.
  • An understanding of Government decision-making processes and the strategic thinking skills needed to contribute to the development of ageing policy.
  • Knowledge of NSW Government policies and programs affecting older people.

Experience, skills and knowledge in the following areas are particularly valued:

  • Ageing experiences of Aboriginal people
  • Ageing experiences of people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Older people living in rural or remote communities
  • Employment, skills and training of those in technical, trade or manual/labourer occupations

Role of members

Members are generally appointed for 4 years. Members are expected to attend regular meetings, to participate in consultations held in different parts of the state, and to contribute to working parties as agreed.

Regular Council meetings are held in Sydney at Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. The Council meets four to six times each year.

Current sitting fees are $220 per day. Sitting fees are paid for attendance at regular meetings and for formal participation as a representative of the MACA at other events, as agreed by the Chair.

For members based in regional or rural areas, travel and one night’s accommodation is booked and paid for by the secretariat.

Other out of pocket expenses are also paid with supporting documentation. Use of a private vehicle will only be reimbursed with proof of comprehensive insurance.

How to apply

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If you are unable to access a computer or need to submit your application in an alternative format, or for any other reasonable adjustment to the application process, please contact the MACA Secretariat to discuss your needs:

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday 29 September 2019

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Last updated: 05 Sep 2019