Humanity is ageing rapidly and is doing so at a far greater rate than at any time in history. Until this century, wars and disease caused many early deaths but thankfully the world has largely left these tragedies in the past. Yet we are now faced with a challenge to create a society that embraces positively the economic and social impact of ageing.
The Blueprint for an Ageing Australia sets out the steps that must be taken now to ensure that ageing is an asset, not a liability.
The Blueprint is the report of the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing. The Advisory Panel was constituted in 2011 with a three-year mandate to produce a comprehensive policy review on the opportunities and challenges associated with an ageing Australia. In November 2013, the funding of the Panel was discontinued, and Per Capita entered into a partnership with four members of the Panel to re-establish the Panel and complete the Blueprint.
In 2014, the Panel held consultations around the country and engaged with stakeholders in ageing policy, health, superannuation, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
This work has produced the Blueprint which provides a wide-ranging set of policy recommendations to place Australia at the forefront of forward-thinking policy on this demographic shift.