Retirement and aged care

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Brisbane is a city that is growing and changing, and in coming decades this will include an ageing population. In some parts of Brisbane in the future, more older people may struggle to find housing to suit their needs, so it’s important to plan now.

Brisbane City Council is now considering a number of initiatives to encourage new retirement living and residential care accommodation, especially areas of demand, to provide choice for residents to remain within their local neighbourhood throughout their lifecycle.

Enhancing retirement and aged care housing options

Council is amending the city planning framework (Brisbane City Plan 2014) to offer a more streamlined approach to extending or upgrading residential care facilities and retirement facilities. This will also provide greater encouragement for new facilities in preferred locations and where they meet best-practice design requirements for new facilities.

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Other initiatives

In addition, Council is also undertaking initiatives to:

  • give greater consideration of ageing in the drafting of neighbourhood plans
  • create a new incentive to reduce the cost of infrastructure charges levied on qualifying aged care and retirement facility developments to encourage more supply
  • improve and streamline development assessment processes for aged care facilities.

What this means for you

With the need for retirement and aged care housing options increasing by 50% by 2027, these initiatives will ensure we increase the supply of suitable housing and enable Brisbane residents to retire within their suburb and community.

These initiatives will not only ensure adequate retirement and aged care facilities are available across Brisbane, but they will prioritise best practice design and encourage facilities integrated with their local communities and other uses, such as sport and recreation. Together, every suburb has a part to play to ensure we meet the needs of Brisbane's ageing population.

More information

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03 July 2017