About Us

COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation advancing the rights, needs and futures of people as we age.

COTA Queensland:  

  • 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

Our story:

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.

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