The Victorian Coalition Government has announced that it will provide an additional $5million to expand the Seniors Card program. This expansion aims to improve support for working seniors in the community.
Minister for Ageing, David Davis, launched Seniors Count! – the Victorian Government’s Seniors Participation Action Plan just in time for the 2014 Seniors Festival and hopes it will signal a shift in how we perceive ageing.
The expansion will give seniors, who still work 35 hours or more per week, greater access to a wider range of business discounts. This is in addition to the 940,000 cardholders who already benefit from the Seniors Card program.
“The Victorian Government is committed to encouraging greater participation of seniors in our community,” Mr Davis said. “With people now living longer and more active lives, we need to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to fully participate in our community and are better supported to take advantage of those opportunities especially in the areas of technology and workforce participation.”
Seniors will have improved access to training programs to help them learn new technology, to better cope with the digital generation.
“We are also providing support for our mature-age workforce, with mature-age workers skills development, tools and advice for flexible workplace practices, and the promotion of age-friendly workplaces,” Mr Davis said.
As the population ages, it is imperative for governments to encourage seniors to remain active and engaged in their local communities. This type of scheme is a step in the right direction to creating an age-friendly society, to ensure our seniors are respected and supported.
If you are interested in finding out more, visit Seniors Count!