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The functions of the Office were:
to identify the needs of older Victorians through analysis of available and commissioned research, especially in the area of usage and demand for services.
to help define and plan Government policy in this area
to co-ordinate services for older persons funded or managed by the State, including the publication of guides to Government services such as "Sixty Plus".
to negotiate co-ordination of these services with those provided by the Commonwealth in related programs
The Office also supported the Older Persons Consultative Council, which assisted in increasing community awareness of older persons' issues, and consulted with relevant organisations.
administration of Senior Citizens' Week from 1991, previously the responsibility of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039) since 1983.
Establishment of the Office
Prior to 1988 Government services for older people had been provided through such programs as Home and Community Care administered through the Department of Community Services, Victoria (VA 2633), public hospitals, State Geriatric Centres, and community health centres; Senior Citizens Week administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039); and the housing programs of the Ministry of Housing and Construction (VA 2907).
In order to improve the co-ordination and overall planning of these services, and especially in the light of the aims described by the Government's Social Justice Strategy of the 1980s (in particular those of helping older people to retain their independence and increasing their opportunities for active participation) the Office of Older Persons Planning was established in 1988.
The creation of Older Persons Planning Office (VA 2997) was announced by the Premier in March 1988 during Senior Citizens' Week. The Office commenced operations in July 1988 and was fully staffed by the end of that year. From July 1988 until the end of October 1988 the Office was located within Community Services Victoria (VA 2633) and reported to the Minister for Community Services (VRG 80).
Following the 1988 election the Government decided to strengthen its commitment to older people with the appointment of a Minister with portfolio responsibilities for the aged. Consequently, the Hon. Caroline Hogg, MLC, was appointed Minister for the Aged (VRG 117) in late in October, 1988 and held the portfolio until March, 1989. On 16 March the Hon. Maureen Lyster, MLC, was appointed to the portfolio and that of Local Government. Consequential to this change the Older Persons Planning Office was transferred to the Local Government Department (VA 601). Office accommodation was made available within the same location as the Local Government Department, but full administrative responsibility was not assumed by that Department until 1 July, 1989.
Over time the Office was administratively located in various departments:
July 1988 - March 1989 VA 2633 Community Services, Victoria
March 1989 - January 1991 VA 601 Local Government Department
January 1991 - October 1992 VA 3015 Ministry of Ethnic, Municipal and Community Affairs
However the Office operated quite autonomously from these departments and its separate recordkeeping system was transferred each time it moved.
Abolition of the Office
After October 1992 the Office was merged with other aged care service provision areas in the Department of Health and Community Services (VA 3092) and ceased to operate as a separate administrative unit. The newly formed Aged Care Division reported to the Minister for Aged Care (VRG 117).
Location of Records
No records of this agency have yet been transferred to archival custody.