WA Seniors Week

WA Seniors Week is an annual event that encourages people of all ages to celebrate the contributions of older people to the Western Australian community. WA Seniors Week is also a celebration of seniors’ active participation in community life.

In 2020, WA Seniors Week will be formatted differently because of COVID-19 safe practices. This means that key events funded by Communities will be run differently this year.

WA Seniors Week 2020 begins on Sunday 8 November.

Community events

Have a Go Day

Have a Go Day is a free activities and information day aimed at seniors. For details about Have a Go Day 2020, please visit the Seniors Recreation Council website.

Seniors Grants Program

Funded by Communities, several organisations are hosting WA Seniors Week events during November 2020.

Visit the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA) WA Seniors Week 2020 web page for a list of currently confirmed events. 

WA Seniors Awards 2020

The WA Seniors Awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding seniors and age-friendly contributions being made by individuals, businesses and local governments across Western Australia. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the many and varied contributions made by older people around Western Australia.

The 2020 WA Seniors Awards program is delivered by COTA WA on behalf of the State Government, funded through Communities.

For up-to-date news and information about the WA Seniors Awards 2020, please visit COTA WA’s WA Seniors Awards 2020 web page.

Free public transport

Transperth is providing free public transport from 8 to 15 November 2020 for Seniors SmartRider holders (Seniors SmartRiders are issued to WA Seniors Card holders). Visit Transperth’s website for full details. 

General information and support services for seniors

Communities is playing a leading role in helping ensure that older Western Australians are safe, respected and valued in the community. This includes the funding of support services, grants programs and initiatives across the seniors and ageing portfolio. Some useful information and support services for seniors is listed below.

  • The WA Seniors Card program enables seniors to connect to active ageing, health, entertainment and financial benefits. Go to the WA Seniors Card website or phone (08) 6551 8800 (Perth metro) or 1800 671 233 (country free call).
  • COVID-19 information, seniors supports and services information, and healthy and active ageing information are available on Communities’ Seniors COVID-19 web page.
  • The Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA) is the Seniors Peak Body in Western Australia. COTA WA’s At Home Guide supports older Western Australians to live well. Developed in partnership with Communities, the guide is designed as an ongoing companion for seniors at home.
  • Communities is working to reduce elder abuse in Western Australia through the implementation of our elder abuse strategy and providing information, support services and resources designed to support older Western Australians. If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, or has a question about elder abuse, please call the WA Elder Abuse Helpline on 1300 724 679 for a confidential discussion. The helpline is funded by Communities and operated by Advocare.