Appendix 1 – Policy Framework

NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020

The NSW Ageing Strategy is a whole of government and whole of community strategy that describes how the NSW Government is working with people throughout their lives to age well and to remove barriers to continued participation.1

The Ageing Strategy seeks to assist government, the private sector and communities in NSW to better prepare for, and respond to, the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population and sets out actions that will contribute to the vision that:

“People in NSW experience the benefits of living longer and enjoy opportunities to participate in, contribute to and be included in their communities.”

Consultation on the Ageing Strategy identified that ‘being able to get around on a daily basis for as long as possible’ is one of the most important things for people in NSW as they get older.2

The Ageing Strategy identifies high level initiatives under five priorities related to health, financial security, housing, transport and inclusive communities. Priority 4: Getting Around outlines key activities that are led by Transport for NSW towards ensuring that:

“older people in NSW can travel safely and appropriately to participate in social and economic life and access services.” 3

The Older Persons Transport and Mobility Plan seeks to uphold the principles that underpin the NSW Ageing Strategy and adhere to the values that guide planning and service delivery of Transport for NSW. It recognises that being able to access public and community transport helps maintain mobility and independence for people no longer driving. The ability of older people to move around their communities and access services is vital to securing their independence and dignity.4

More details can be found at: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/inclusion/ageing


1. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is the lead agency responsible for the NSW Ageing Strategy. Partnering government agencies include, but are not limited to the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, NSW Department of Planning and Environment (including the Greater Sydney Commission), NSW Health, NSW Finance and Services and the NSW Department of Industry.

2. NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020, p 16. https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/about/media/releases/archive/helping-people-live-longerand-
better-lives

3. https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/download?file=382829

4. The Council of the Ageing NSW 50+ report, http://www.cotansw.com.au/MediaPDFs/2015-50-plus-Report.pdf
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