Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation advancing the rights, interests and futures of people as we age.
We strive to influence government legislation and policies and help shape community attitudes towards ageing and older people.
We help foster social change by providing leadership and expert advice on ageing issues, working with other peak agencies and Councils on Ageing across Australia and sister organisations around the world.
Our strategic goals are:
- As a result of our work the lives of older Queenslanders will be better
- Queensland’s cities and communities will be age-friendly
- COTA Queensland will be a valued, responsive and sustainable organisation.
- 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
Seniors Peak Service:
In 2015, the Queensland Government appointed COTA Queensland to provide the Seniors Peak Service and in this role we help build the capability of non-government organisations to deliver quality services for older people; provide advice; commentary and input into government policy and program development; and improve the dissemination of information.
Founded in 1957 as the Old People’s Welfare Council,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