Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation advancing the rights, interests and futures of people as we age.
For over 60 years COTA Queensland has worked with older people to influence decision making and create positive social change. We promote older people’s rights and advocate to Government on issues that affect us all as we age.

Our membership includes individual supporters, community and sector support organisations. 

Age-friendly Community Workshops - Playing Your Part 

We are working with the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and The Ageing Revolution to facilitate a series of workshops throughout Queensland aimed at local government,community organisations and businesses to enable them to utilise the Age-friendly Toolkit to work within their communities to respond to the eight Age-friendly domains based on need identified by their community.

Are you a local councillor, community development officer, economic development officer, planning officer, environmental health officer, community program coordinator, business owner, or service provider? 

Join us in: 
Maryborough - Thursday 9 May
Longreach -  Tuesday 28 May 
Mackay - Tuesday 30 May 
Logan - Tuesday 11 June 
Redlands - Thursday 13 June
Mt Isa - Tuesday 18 June 
Townsville - Tentative Thursday 20 June

For more information and to register your interest email

Your Voice Matters - Maryborough 

Come and participate in a conversation to improve the lives of older Queenslanders.

We'll be in Maryborough on Wednesday 8 May and we are wanting to hear from people aged 50+ about what makes their community great and what could be done to make it greater. 

By joining our conversation participants will inform our work to create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care.  

Get your tickets now! 

Aged Care Navigator Volunteers needed

We're looking for local Bundaberg people to join our community hub, assisting others to navigate the aged care maze.
If you have passion for helping others and are comfortable speaking with groups, we want you.
Expressions of interest close 23 April.

Find out more

Help shape the National Disability Strategy beyond 2020

Australian governments are asking people to help shape the future of Australian disability policy for 2020 and beyond.

Ten years ago the launch of the first National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (the Strategy) paved the way for how governments could help improve the lives of people with disability.The Strategy is about creating a more inclusive society that enables Australians with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens. It guides governments and other organisations to build the wellbeing of people with disability and their carers.

It is also the main way Australia implements the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Strategy will end in 2020, and all Australian governments are working together to develop a new strategy for beyond 2020.

As one-in-five Australians have a disability, we need to make sure a new strategy reflects the changing environment, such as the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and builds on opportunities available today as well as what may emerge over the next decade.

The strategy is for everyone right across the country and we encourage people with disability, their families and carers to have their say on the priorities and actions of the next strategy.

We all play a part in making our community a more inclusive place to live and it is equally important all parts of the community, including business, health services and schools have an opportunity to take part too.

The vision is for all Australians with disability to experience equal rights, access and opportunity.

Get involved

The first stage of consultation is from April to June 2019.
All consultations are accessible for people with disability.
You can have your say through:
  • a public survey (from mid-April)
  • face-to-face community workshops in every state and territory (from 29 April)
  • online forums (from mid-May).
Go to DSS Engage for more information or to register for a community workshop.

Name the Health Hub 

A new and exciting health care hub is being developed at Brighton Health Campus for the community and people of all ages to use and enjoy. But, we need a name! Share your ideas and find out more at


Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners - Ageing Event Planning

BDHP (Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners) is a collaboration between major health services and universities in Brisbane to improve health through connected research, teaching and healthcare. The Ageing Theme group are committed to improving healthcare and health outcomes of older people. 
In 2019, the Ageing Theme will host an event to enhance dialogue between the experts in health of older people: older consumers, their carers, researchers, clinicians and policy makers. By genuinely sharing perspectives, experiences, and information gathered will shape research and healthcare to support older person friendly hospitals and health systems.

They are seeking involvement of older consumers, carers and advocates to help shape this dialogue to ensure the event is relevant and accessible for older people.
Access the online survey here or contact Jacki Liddle at

Compassionate Communities Conversation Series  

Join us for a FREE morning tea and community conversation about life, loss, ageing, death, grief, love and everything in between! Everyone invited – bring your friends, family and colleagues!

This is your community conversation. You will receive information and participate in discussion including: how to become a more compassionate neighbour, what community services and supports are currently available and explore what a compassionate community would look like in your

Location: 15 Cities throughout Queensland
Date:  April 2019 – July 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30 

Find out more here 
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