COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation advancing the rights, needs and futures of people as we age.
- Contributes to an understanding of ageing enabling older people and all sectors of the community to plan for healthy ageing through education advice and activities
- Promotes and engages in research which is of interest and concern to older people
- Provides older people with information that enables them to make informed choices and act on their own behalf
- Works in partnership with older Queenslanders to shape COTA’s policy and advocacy work to challenge and influence decision-makers to co-create positive social change
- Advocates giving priority to older people experiencing injustice, discrimination, disadvantage or disability
- Provides advice to governments, community organisations and businesses on how to be Age-friendly
Founded in 1957 as the Old People’s Welfare Council, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland has been influencing decision-makers and supporting older Queenslanders for sixty years. COTA Queensland established Queensland’s:
- First Senior Citizens Clubs
- First Meals on Wheels
- Older Women’s Network Queensland
- U3A (University of the Third Age)
- Volunteering Queensland
- Seniors Week (originally Old People’s Week)
- Health Consumers Queensland
In 2015, the Queensland Government appointed COTA Queensland to provide the Seniors Peak Service.