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Age-friendly Regional Communities

​We work in partnership with the State Government towards building the capacity of rural and regional councils to meet the challenge of addressing needs and expectations of their growing ageing population.

Rural areas have more pronounced population ageing than metropolitan Melbourne. In 2011, 18 percent of people living in greater Melbourne were aged 60 and above, compared to at least 23.5 per cent in regional Victoria. It is anticipated these figures will rise to 22.4 per cent in Greater Melbourne and 29.6 per cent in regional Victoria in the year 2031 (ABS data 2011 Census and Victoria in Future 2015).

Age-Friendly Victoria Regional Community Grants

Seven regional councils received $100,000 each through the Age-Friendly Victoria Regional Community Grants to improve the quality of life, social participation, health and wellbeing of older people in towns with significant ageing populations.

Administered by the MAV with funding from the State Government, the grants program builds on the Improving Liveability for Older People project. It aims to improve local government and community capacity to plan and deliver projects that will make a positive difference to their ageing populations.

Improved Liveability for Older People in Small Towns

The Victorian State Government funded seventeen rural councils through the Improved Liveability for Older People (ILOP) project in 2012.

We were funded by the Department of Health to support these councils as they develop and implement their ILOP projects.

The funded councils are:

Alpine Shire Council Pyrenees Shire Council
Buloke Shire Council South Gippsland Shire Council
Central Goldfields Shire Council Strathbogie Shire Council
Colac Otway Shire Council Southern Grampians Shire Council
Gannawarra Shire Council Surf Coast Shire Council
Glenelg Shire Council Towong Shire Council
Hindmarsh Shire Council West Wimmera Shire Council
Loddon Shire Council Yarriambiack Shire Council
Moira Shire Council  

The projects, which involve working with older residents, range from preparing positive ageing plans, establishing an ambassadors program, to intergenerational activities and arts initiatives.

Presentations at the 2013 Statewide Positive Ageing Forum provided an insight into some of the projects that are underway.

Improved Liveability for Older People Good Practice Guide

The ILOP good practice guide outlines some of the wide range of innovative projects and programs implemented by councils to support older people. The MAV publication provides viable ideas for councils wanting to plan and deliver age-friendly initiatives to enhance the liveability of the community for older people.


The Department of Health and Human Services has also produced a video to complement the guide and promote the ILOP initiative. The video can be used as a resource by councils and community organisations, and is of interest to older people in the community.