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The NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing (MACA) advises the Minister for Seniors on matters affecting the needs, interests and wellbeing of older people in NSW, and on the impact of the ageing of the population.

The Council currently has 10 members, appointed as individuals, on the basis of their expertise and experience. The Council meets up to six times a year in Sydney.

Policy advice and administrative support are provided by Secretariat staff based in the Stronger Communities, Investment and Inclusion Directorate, Department of Communities and Justice.


The purpose of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing is to support the Minister for Seniors in achieving healthy and productive ageing for the people of NSW, consistent with the NSW whole-of-government Ageing Strategy.

Our principles

We believe that older people have the right to:

  • participate in all aspects of community life
  • have their views recognised and valued in Government decision making
  • respect for the diversity of their experiences, views, living circumstances and cultural backgrounds
  • equitable access to services, facilities and programs
  • dignity, independence and choice.

Becoming a member

Members are appointed to MACA by the NSW Minister for Seniors following Cabinet approval.

Recruitment and appointment rounds are undertaken periodically in response to vacancies or the identified need for new members with particular expertise or experience.

This process is undertaken in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Guidelines for NSW Board and Council Members: Appointments and Remuneration.

The NSW Government is committed to providing the community with opportunities to participate in councils such as MACA. Vacancies are publicised through website and newspaper advertisements, correspondence and consulting with relevant organisations and networks.

The MACA is not recruiting any members at this stage. Information about recruitment will be published on this webpage when applicable.

About the department

The MACA Secretariat is located in the Stronger Communities, Investment and Inclusion directorate in the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

DCJ is one of the largest human services organisations in NSW. Its vision is that all people are empowered to live fulfilling lives and achieve their potential in inclusive communities.

DCJ is committed to ensuring older people are assisted to participate in social and economic life. It directly supports around 800,000 people every year, reaches a further million people through local community-based programs, and provides over a million seniors cards.

DCJ's work is broad and challenging. Its objectives for 2014-16 are:

  • Children and young people are protected from abuse and neglect
  • People with disability are supported to realise their potential
  • Social housing assistance is used to break disadvantage
  • People are assisted to participate in social and economic life
  • People at risk of, and experiencing, domestic and family violence are safer
  • Aboriginal people, families and communities have better outcomes.

DCJ aims to achieve its objectives by improving the way it works:

  • Putting people first.
  • Creating local solutions tailored to meet local needs.
  • Working with government, non-government and community partners to reach more people with better services.
  • Building an agile and cohesive department that leads and delivers social policy reform.
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Last updated: 14 Jan 2020