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. 

Message from our Chief Executive 

This weekend Australians have the opportunity to elect their next federal Government for the coming three years. Political leaders have spent considerable time trying to woo the votes of Queenslanders but to date the needs of those older people who are waiting for a home care package have been largely ignored.
The Aged Care Royal Commission has already acknowledged the scale of the waiting lists, the devastating impact on the people waiting and the strain on their families.Presently people are waiting up to two years or are being forced into inappropriate aged care or are dying before they receive the aged care they need. What does this say about our society?

Whichever party forms government after next weekend's election the care needs of the growing number of older people must be a high priority.

COTA Queensland is working with the Queensland Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors, and The Ageing Revolution to co-facilitate a series of Age-friendly Workshops for local government, business and community organisations to assist them to create a great place to live and work, raise a family and grow older. These workshops aim to give communities a kickstart in their age-friendly planning.

COTA is also taking the opportunity to meet with older people in a series of Your Voice Matters conversations. To date access to appropriate health services is one of the themes. This aligns to COTA's State of the (Older) Nation 2018 report which is available at We are working with a number of Queensland's PHNs (Primary Health Networks) on their Older Persons Health strategies aiming to facilitate connected person-centred care.

We are also working with Palliative Care Queensland, Carers Queensland and Health Consumers Queensland to facilitate conversations across Queensland about Compassionate Communities and with the Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors on their Thriving Communities initiative. Whatever tag it comes under the strengthening of communities is critical to supporting all Queenslanders to age well.

Mark Tucker-Evans
Chief Executive

Age Well Campaign 

There are currently more than 125,000 older Australians who are waiting for their assessed level of home care.

The good news is that there is something you can do about it!

Email your local candidate today and tell them their inaction on this issue is simply not good enough.

Together, we can get aged care right for everyone!…/

Your Voice Matters - be a part of a conversation to improve the lives of older Queenslanders.

We are holding a series of community conversations throughout the state and we want to hear from you!

Our population is ageing with more people living longer and healthier lives, so we need to build communities that support people to age well. Simply, when we create communities with older people in mind, we create liveable communities for everyone.

For over 60 years Council on the Ageing (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.

We are working to create an age-friendly Queensland with vibrant, healthy and equitable communities for all ages.

An age-friendly community is one that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community life by ensuring older people are free from age-related barriers that prevent participation and engagement.

To inform this work we have been hosting a series of Community Conversations throughout Queensland to discuss what's working well and what can be improved and how.

Each community is different and no one knows their community better than the people who live there and too often we have heard that people feel invisible and these conversations are aimed at giving people the space to tell us all about their communities and the opportunity to explore solutions to support them.

The information gathered will inform our broader work, advocating to Government the issues and solutions at a localised level.

We invite people aged 50+ to come along and share their voice 

Join us in: 
27 May 6-7:30 pm

Souths Leagues Club
Register to this FREE today at
29 May 6-7:30 pm

South Leagues Club
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Mount Isa
17 June 6-7:30 pm

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19 June 6-7:30 pm

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Draft Queensland Transport Strategy (QTS) open for consultation 

Transport is vital to Queenslanders, jobs, our economy and regional prosperity. I am passionate about delivering a single, integrated transport system, accessible to everyone. QTS is an important guiding document to achieve this vision.
The Draft QTS looks at how we can maximise the benefits of existing and emerging technology trends, like low and zero-emission vehicles and on-demand transport, to give Queenslanders the best possible transport system.
These new technologies present exciting opportunities to Queensland businesses and entrepreneurs. The final QTS will help outline how we can capitalise on these opportunities to drive employment growth in emerging industries to benefit Queensland jobs, businesses and the environment.
The strategy is available for review until 24 May 2019 on the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) website at

Faces of Ageing: through our lens
Exhibition opening

The Faces of Ageing exhibition is a visual exploration of everyday older people in the Maranoa region and beyond. The exhibition challenges the stereotypes associated with ageing.

Photographed by three COTA Community Ambassadors, who are older Queenslanders, the exhibition visually represents the importance of meaningful relationships and community, embracing the present and looking toward the future.

“Every single one of us has our own story, so the lesson is to acknowledge me as an individual – don't just look at the surface and see the wrinkles and grey hair, or frail exterior”
Join us for the opening of the Surat exhibition on Thursday 6 June.
Surat on Balonne Gallery
Cobb & Co Changing Station
62 Burrowes Street
SURAT  QLD  4417
START TIME: 10:00 am
Morning tea and refreshments will be provided.
Exhibition on will be on display display from Thursday 6 June to Tuesday 25 June 2019
This exhibition is a collaborative project between Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is being delivered in partnership with the Maranoa Regional Council and the Surat on Balonne Gallery.

Please note that images of deceased Indigenous people are contained within this exhibition

Recovered Futures Art Exhibition – Call for Artists

Artists with a lived experience of mental illness are invited to register to exhibit at the 2019 Recovered Futures Art Exhibition to be held 5-11 October 2019.

Entries are also open to artists who are carers or family members of someone with a mental illness.

This year, the event will take place in the Toowong Room – Brisbane City Hall. Due to room size limitations, there is no guarantee all artwork will be displayed, the Exhibition Committee will discuss this with artists as required.

Entries close July 12 2019.

For more information visit

Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework - Homelessness Action Plan

The Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) is seeking your feedback on possible actions to make aged care better for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

The actions have been developed by an expert reference group led by HAAG incorporating 600 survey responses, 45 site visits and 25 interviews with managers of specialist homelessness aged care providers.

The outcome of this consultation will be provided to the department for further consideration in June 2019.

Public feedback on the draft actions is open until 22 May 2019 at the following links:
Feedback on Provider Homelessness Action Plan
Feedback on Consumer Homelessness Action Plan

If you have any questions please contact the Project Researcher Sue Malta at or 0409 433 077.
RED JOAN - Complimentary Advance Preview Tickets

Transmission Films invite you to a special advance preview of RED JOAN at:
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history.

RED JOAN is released nationally June 6

Get tickets today for a FREE special preview at the following cinemas: 
Chermside, Event Monday 13 May at 6:30 pm
Barracks Cinema, Palace Monday 20 May at 6.30 pm
Indooroopilly, Event Monday 20 May at 6.30 pm
Pacific Fair, Event Monday 20 May at 6.30 pm

For more info and to download tickets:

**please note if you are not a member you will be required register as a member with an email address you have access to as your tickets will be emailed directly to you.  Membership is FREE. 

National Palliative Care Week 2019


The theme for National Palliative Care Week 2019 is ‘What matters most?’ and it will be held from the 19-25 May 2019. 

The theme addresses the need for Australians to plan ahead for their end-of-life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals. 

Find out more 

Containers for Change 

COTA Queensland is now registered for Containers for Change. This means we’re looking to convert your well earned hydration bottles and cans into additional income.

This income will be used to further support our work in advancing the rights, interests and futures of older Queenslanders.

Simply go to your nearest recycling facility and quote our rego number C10049836.

Shop. Save. Donate.

Did you know you can raise funds (at no extra cost) for COTA Queensland each time you shop online?

Sign up here

Shop with over 600 online stores including eBay, Expedia, ASOS, Amazon Australia, Booktopia + hundreds more. You also get to save with discounts and coupons provided by Shopnate. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will GIVE a donation at absolutely no cost to you!

Your support will help enable a better future for all of us as we age.

If changing your insurance could change the lives of older Australians, would you do it?


COTA Insurance operates as a not for profit insurance agency, meaning every dollar raised after costs is returned to COTA to support their great work in the community.
In 1986, The Council On The Ageing recognised that older Australians weren’t getting a fair insurance deal. So they created COTA Insurance to specialise in the insurance needs of Seniors. For over 30 years since then, we have provided great service and quality coverage to many thousands of customers.
COTA Travel Insurance offers unique policy benefits, including no age restrictions for our single trip travel insurance policies. This has allowed thousands of older Australians to travel, knowing that they are well protected.
COTA Insurance has a stable and experienced team of insurance specialists, and we love talking with people about their insurance needs.
You can call us on 1300 1300 50, or on-line at and our Facebook page.
COTA Insurance – its insurance for a cause.

COTA Travel Insurance is underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s. Any advice is general. Refer to the PDS to see if the product is right for you.
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