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FACS leads the implementation of the whole of government NSW Ageing Strategy, which aims to ensure that older people have opportunities to live active and full lives as they age. At the same time, FACS has a range of services to help meet the needs of older people.

Initiatives under the NSW Ageing Strategy

As at 30 June 2017, there were 1.52 million Seniors Card Holders, who could access discounts on business offers and transport services, for free.

  • This is an increase of 70,000 seniors or 4.8% compared to 2015-16.
  • Numbers of Seniors Card Holders have increased each year from 1.20 million in 2011-12.

In 2016-17, 19,946 Tech Savvy Seniors training places helped seniors learn how to use technology such as computers, tablets and smartphones.

Seniors assisted with private rental assistance products in 2016-17 (where the household head is aged 55 years or more)

2,594 senior households received private rental assistance products. Of these:

  • 1 in 13 were Aboriginal households (206 or 7.9%).
  • 44.7% were women (1,159) and 55.1% were men (1,430).
  • Nearly 4 in 10 were culturally and linguistically diverse (1,006 or 38.8%).
  • 1 in 2 were single households (1,363 or 52.5%) and 1 in 3 had dependent children (785 or 30.3%).

Compared to 2015-16, this is an increase of 383 senior households (or 17.3%).

Across all years since 2011-12, seniors have accounted for more than 1 in 10 of households assisted with private rental assistance.

Newly housed senior applicants in social housing previously or at risk of homelessness

1,137 senior applicants were newly housed in social housing in 2016-17. Of these:

  • 43.7% were women (497) and 56.3% were men (640).
  • Most were single (890 or 78.3%) and few had dependent children (38 or 3.3%).
  • Compared to 2015-16, there has been an increase of 46 newly housed households (or 4.2%).
  • Each year since 2011-12, senior households have accounted for around one in four newly housed households.

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2019