Celebrating Queensland Seniors 2020

For the first time in its 60-year history, Queensland’s annual celebration of seniors is going virtual.

To do this we have made the decision to maintain the week format, celebrating from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 August 2020.

This year more than ever people need something to celebrate, in the safest way possible. That is why this year the usually interactive event will  transform into an online affair. With some physical events, if allowed.

As Covid-19 regulations has seen many older people in self-isolation, never has it been more important to ensure people remain connected and don’t become segregated.

We know older people with low internet skills can feel isolated from their community, friends, and family.  Some people need extra support to get online and build their digital skills, and may need a compelling reason to take the plunge.

What better way than to join in one of the many online activities this Seniors Week, 15-23 August 2020.

A handy guide was created in partnership with the Queensland Government, Volunteering Queensland, Telstra and COTA Queensland to assist people to access the online events and activities from their mobile or tablet device.

Download the guide here 

Seniors Week provides opportunities to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, facilitate community participation, and enhance community connections, aligning with the Queensland Government’s and Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland’s vision of building Age-friendly communities in Queensland.

COTA Queensland coordinates Queensland Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government.

Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contribution older people have made – whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents, or advocates.


How it all started

COTA Queensland initiated the first Queensland Seniors Week in 1960. Back then it was called Old People’s Week and COTA was known as the Old People’s Welfare Council. Language has changed over the years, but the purpose of the celebration hasn’t. Over the years Seniors Week has grown significantly into a major annual celebration.

Seniors Week  helps to build and maintain strong communities by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through the many events and activities held during 15-23 August 2020.

Who is COTA Queensland?

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is a statewide not-for-profit organisation advancing the rights, interests and futures of people as we age.

For over 60 years we have worked with older people to ensure the futures of Queenslanders are filled with opportunity and possibility.

Our programs support older Queenslanders to influence decision making and create positive social change. We advocate to Government on issues that affect us all as we age and we promote older people’s rights. We provide information to the community to help people be empowered to make informed decisions. We promote and partner in research that addresses the big issues for older people. We support organisations that address issues for older Queenslanders who are experiencing injustice, discrimination, disadvantage or disability.

As one event participant put it, “you can’t put a price on the value of a human being, especially our seniors”.

To find out more about COTA Queensland, click here.


Contact us today to find out more about Seniors Week Events near you.