Age Friendly Design Principles

Designing age friendly communities considers a number of principles to encourage active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles.

Useful resources

Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has a series of guides available including the:

The World Health Organisation provides a number of useful tools for age friendly cities and communities that abide by the following principles:


  • Positive images of older people
  • Accessible and useful information
  • Accessible public and private transportation
  • Inclusive opportunities for civic, cultural, educational and voluntary engagement
  • Barrier-free and enabling interior and exterior spaces


  • Places and programs for active leisure and socialisation
  • Activities, programs and information to promote health, social and spiritual wellbeing
  • Social support and outreach
  • Accessible and appropriate health services
  • Good air/ water quality

Security and independence

  • Appropriate, accessible and affordable housing
  • Accessible home safety designs and products
  • Hazard free streets and buildings
  • Safe roadways and signage for drivers and pedestrians
  • Safe, accessible and affordable public transportation
  • Services to assist with household chores and home maintenance
  • Supports for caregivers
  • Accessible stores, banks and professional services
  • Supportive neighbourhoods
  • Safety from abuse and criminal victimisation
  • Public information and appropriate training
  • Emergency plans and disaster recovery
  • Appropriate and accessible employment opportunities
  • Flexible work practices