COTA (ACT) provides a range of direct services which are
    partially supported through membership contributions.

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  • What We Do


    We work with older Canberrans to shape a more just and equitable community
    in which older people participate and contribute to their fullest capacity.

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  • Support Services


    COTA (ACT) provide a range off direct services which are
    partially supported through membership contributions.

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  • ACT Seniors Week 2017

    ACT Seniors Week 2017

    The ACT Seniors Week is a COTA ACT initiative supported by the ACT Government.
    With a fantastic variety of exhibitors in a bigger and better venue, this year’s expo
    will be an essential visit on your Seniors Week to do list!

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  • Our Work


    Our current initiatives include: Communications, Policy,
    Programs, Projects
    and Services.

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  • An updated Constitution for COTA ACT will be presented at the 2016 AGM for discussion and approval.

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  • Elections ACT provides assistance to elderly voters and voters with disabilities in a number of ways.

    At the polling place on Election Day

    If you can go to a polling place, you can nominate someone to help you vote, or a polling official can help you. If someone can drive you to the polling place, a polling official can bring voting material out to you in the car.

    Polling staff are trained to be aware of voters who may require extra assistance, including voters who may need to be “fast tracked´ through the queue, or provided with a chair if standing to queue is not an option.

    Postal Voting

    Someone can help you vote by post. They can assist you with applying for a postal vote or they can apply for a postal vote on your behalf if you authorise them to do so. Once the ballot material arrives, they can also assist you to complete the voting process if you wish. You may be able to register as a general postal voter. You will then automatically be sent postal ballot material for each federal and ACT election.

    If you can't sign your name on postal voting material, someone can sign on your behalf as a witness to your mark.

    For further information please visit: http://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2016_legislative_assembly_election/2016-postal-voting

    General Postal Voter (GPV) status

    General Postal Voter (GPV) status is available if you have a physical disability which prevents you from signing your name or if you live at home and you are too ill or infirm to travel to a polling place. General Postal Voters automatically receive a postal vote for every election, federal and ACT Legislative Assembly. You can ask someone to help you complete the form to apply and to complete the ballot paper when you receive it.

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    Mobile Voting

    Mobile polling teams from Elections ACT visit many of the nursing homes and hospitals in the ACT in the week before Election Day to allow residents and patients the opportunity to vote.

    For further information please visit: http://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2016_legislative_assembly_election/2016-pre-poll-voting

    Electronic Voting

    Electronic voting allows voters who are blind or have visual impairment to vote independently. Elections ACT provides electronic voting at all pre-poll voting centres for three weeks before the election, for the period 27 September to 14 October 2016, and at these same polling places on polling day.

    Magnifying sheets, for use with ballot papers, will be available on request at all polling places.


    All ACT polling places are assessed for disability access. The accessibility of each polling place is indicated on the list of polling places. This list is available from this website: http://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2016_legislative_assembly_election/polling-places-for-the-2016-election, in a brochure sent to all households, and in The Canberra Times the day before polling day and polling day itself. Polling places are also equipped with a voting screen for use by voters who are in a wheelchair. Polling staff can assist voters if help is asked for.

    Information Guide

    The information brochures that are mailed out to all ACT households provide information on enrolment and voting including key dates, electorate maps, instructions for voting formally, pre-poll and polling place locations and hours, and assistance for voters who can’t vote on polling day. These brochures, once distributed, are also available as audio files from the Elections ACT website at http://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2016_legislative_assembly_election/2016-information-for-voters and ACT Public Libraries to assist voters with a hearing disability.

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    The COTA ACT Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 26 October 2016.
    11am, followed by lunch at the Hughes Community Centre.
    Members and Friends of COTA ACT are welcome.
    For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 24 October to p: 6282 377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Nominations for election to the Board of Management of the Council on the Ageing (ACT) are currently open.
    Nominations close Monday 17 October 2016.

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  • Get on Board for Seniors Week 2017 

    ACT Seniors Week Logo 2017

    The 2017 Seniors Expo is fast approaching!

    In 2016, the Seniors Expo exhibition's maxed out well before the Expo. This year we are opening up exhibition bookings early to give organisations the ability to plan in advance.
    The Seniors Week Expo is one of the highlights of the Seniors Week calendar, attracting more than 2,000 seniors who connect with the 150+ exhibitors. To be held on Thursday 23 March 2017, Seniors Week Expo, at Exhibition Park Canberra, the Expo will enable you to target the largest, growing sector of consumers in Australia. 
    Download our Seniors_Week_Expo_registration_2017.pdf to book your spot now. For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Can't make it to the Expo?
    No problem! There are a number of ways you can get involved.

    ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free events held across the ACT by government, community and commercial organisations.

    The objectives of Seniors Week are:
    • Encourage older people to live healthy an active lifestyles all year round.
    • Demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure.
    • Celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations


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New ACT Seniors Card Directory Website

Seniors CardThe brand new ACT Seniors Card Directory website has just been launched. The ACT Seniors Card website contains information about obtaining an ACT Seniors Card, finding participating businesses, special offers and discounts, and information for businesses about how to participate.



  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • The Seniors Information Line
  • Referrals to community organisations
  • Services for older people and their carers
  • Social Groups & Support Groups


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Hughes Community Centre
Wisdom Street Hughes ACT 2605
PO Box 5566 Hughes ACT 2605
Telephone: 02 6282 3777
Fax: 02 6285 3422
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