The Ageing in Place pilot project is about caring for people as they enter their senior years by providing suitable housing options to enable people to stay in their towns, close to friends and family.

The project launched in 2016 with the prospect to enhance regional liveability and support sustainability in local communities where there is a shortfall in dwellings suitable for older people.

Often residents in more remote or regional towns throughout Queensland are confronted with the difficult decision to move to a bigger centre because of a lack of appropriate accommodation in their own communities.

Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) engaged with local governments, the development sector and community organisations to identify candidate towns to pilot the Ageing in Place initiative.

EDQ delivering climate smart, resilient, adaptable housing that addressed the shortage of purpose designed housing aimed to keep senior citizens within their community.

The pilot project supports EDQ's objectives of delivering economic development and development for community purpose and the objectives of the State Government's new seniors' strategy, Queensland: an age-friendly community.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Ageing in Place pilot project?

The Ageing in Place pilot project is about caring for people as they enter their senior years, by building adaptable housing in regional communities so that people can remain in their towns, close to family and friends.

The strategy includes building two-bedroom low set homes to Gold Liveability standard, featuring wider hallways and doorways to accommodate wheelchairs.

The design includes reinforced bathrooms for the inclusion of handrails and accessibility equipment. The bathrooms also have non-slip flooring.

Other technologies to make the houses more energy efficient include solar panels, providing a comfortable home with reduced energy bills.

What is 'Ageing in Place'?

Why does Queensland need the Ageing in Place project?

How will the projects be managed and delivered?

Is this an 'aged care' or social housing program?

Which towns will be conducting trials?

What other benefits will Ageing in Place bring to regional towns?

Who will be eligible to buy Ageing in Place homes?

How do you purchase an Ageing in Place home?

Can I design my own Ageing in Place home?

How will we know if the pilot is successful?