Innovation Age

TACSI and partners re-engineering how we live as we age

In partnership with the JO & JR Wicking Trust, the Innovation Age and the resulting Future of Home work is a multi-year initiative that aims to catalyse the next generation of policy, services and products that enable all Australian’s to age well.

Our vision

We believe that all Australians have the right to age well, not just those who can afford it.

Our approach

Spending time in homes, caravan parks, streets and cemeteries we’ve understood the future people want as they age.

We’ve learned this future is difficult to contemplate without addressing the critical issue of home. Home also emerged as a key challenge at a systems level, with many suggesting it represents one of the hardest issues to tackle in an ageing society.

So we explored deeper the role of home and the systems around it arriving at five interdependent opportunities to create the greatest change:

  1. New models of home ownership that increase security of tenure and are supported by sustainable finance options
  2. Design and building of housing and urban precincts that increase social connectedness and overall wellbeing
  3. A social housing system that increases access to housing that adapts to changing needs and improves social connectedness
  4. Models of co-living and near-living that value identity, create secure tenure and increase social connectedness
  5. A rental market that emphasises security of tenure, supports self-determination and provides physical and financial sustainability.

TACSI insights

Home and housing play a key role in our ability to age well.

We know that access to affordable and good quality housing is a key determinant of our health and wellbeing.

Ageing in place, declining housing affordability, market challenges in consumer driven services in rural/remote areas and increasing costs of healthcare are some of the key Government agendas we have identified. These ageing-related policy imperatives all influence the role of home as we age and will require innovation to create the change needed.

A growing body of evidence indicates that housing, as a whole, is becoming less capable of facilitating the positive outcomes we have previously relied on it to provide. Therefore, we need to re-image how we live to support us all to age well.

Home is Identity

(being and belonging)

Identity gives you:

Safety and Security to be who you are.

The freedom to use the space to:

  • Express who you are now, who you’ve been in the past, and who you may become in the future.
  • Evolve your identity over time – individually and collectively.
  • Practice your culture.
  • Do the routines, rituals and hobbies that make who you are.

A place to belong.

Home is Agency

(self determination)

Agency gives you:

Control over where and when to move.

The freedom

  • From financial overburden.
  • To change the spaces and how you move through them to meet your needs.
  • To use the space to advance outcomes and goals in other areas of your life.

Stability for investing and pursuing the life, work and learning outcomes that are important to you.

A foundation

  • For security, agency, control and self determination.
  • For progressing and getting what you want out of life.

Home is Connection

(giving and getting)

Connection gives you:

Control over who comes into your home, when they come and go, and the circumstances under which they come and go.

Opportunities to

  • Connect with those who live around you.
  • Deepen the relationships that matter most to you.
  • Contribute tot he lives of those who live around you and for them to contribute to yours.

Access to

  • Support, services and amenities for a good life (formal and informal).
  • Shared spaces and social infrastructure in your community.

Freedom and stability to invest in your community.


To lead change across the these opportunities we’ve surfaces, we tested the following solutions

building a new approach that enables older women to create safe and secure co-living situations

Reliable Rental Policy
changing the legislative framework to increase outcomes for older tenants

Landlord Coalition
building a movement for change through private landlords who want to achieve better outcomes for older tenants

Combating Social Isolation
a behavioural approach building social capability of people at risk of loneliness, to make and sustain friendship as they age

Shared Lives
turning households into places of care and community connection as an alternative to institutionally based options

scaling a proven model of peer to peer support for family carers to continue in their caring role.

Change can’t happen at scale without collaboration, so we continue to build a significant range of relationships across Australia and across sectors, including a national impact network for ageing well.

We’re expanding our influence through a range of additional partnership projects applying the work of the Innovation Age in initiatives such as a shared equity model for older women and the design of new public housing for older tenants.

Read our report

Starting The Innovation Age: Baby Boomers’ perspectives on what it takes to age well

Next steps

To realise large scale, community-driven change and expand on the work to date, we have launched an Ageing Well Systems Lab, which continues our focus on the role of home as we age in our Future of Home series.

The Future of Home

Join us in creating the
Future of Home

It’s here! Our Future of Home book is the culmination of over seven years of research by TACSI and other organisations just like us all over the world.