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Connected communities challenge

How can we help older Queenslanders to stay connected to the community to continue to live a fulfilling life?

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A list of useful Queensland Government open datasets are tagged on

  • Queenslanders will live longer
  • Social networks city vs. regional/remote areas
  • Internationally loneliness is recognised as an emerging public health issue
  • Local government areas with the highest proportion of people aged 65 years and older (Tablelands 20.6%, Hinchinbrook 23.5%, Flinders 20.4%, Bundaberg 21.6%, North Burnett 22%, South Burnett 20.4%, Frasier Coast 23.4%, Gympie 20.3%, Noosaville 21.7%, Southern Downs 21%)

What is your solution?

We suggest you consider using the following four Queensland Government open datasets on

Locating open data

Queensland Government open data is accessible at Search for other government open data at and local government websites.

Below is a list of open datasets and resources you might like to use for this challenge.

Open datasets

  1. Business Discount Directory
  2. Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors — Queensland Government Investment Portal (QGIP)
  3. Your Life Your Choice
  4. Government concessions and rebates for seniors
  5. Apps and tools for people with disability in Queensland
  6. Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women — Queensland Government Investment Portal (QGIP)
  7. Preventive health telephone survey series– filter by age
  8. Mental Health Activity Data Collection (MHADC) – filter by ‘older person’ category
  9. Queensland Outcomes Collection (QOC)– filter by age
  10. BreastScreen Queensland participation from the BreastScreen Queensland Register
  11. Queensland public hospitals
  12. AIHW GEN Aged Care Data


  1. Queensland: an age-friendly community
  2. Staying connected in your community
  3. Seniors concession service
  4. Tech savvy seniors Queensland
  5. Seniors enquiry line
  6. Social connection leisure
  7. My home awards
  8. Queensland Housing Strategy
  9. Seniors – information support and services for older people
  10. Australia coalition to end loneliness
  11. This is why loneliness is bad for your health
  12. National Aging Research Institute
  13. Regional variation in social isolation amongst older Australians
  14. Social isolation and loneliness among older Australians
  15. A little help from my friends: getting good advice in the information age
  16. The health of Queenslanders 2016: report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland
  17. Population growth highlights and trends, Queensland
  18. Queensland Government Statistician’s Office: Queensland seniors, 2013-14
  19. Harmony in the Bush
  20. Combining child care and aged care benefits both ends of the age spectrum
  21. Residents at Brisbane aged care facility share playgroup with young children
  22. Combining day-care for children and elderly people benefits all generations
  23. Pet therapy
  24. Community garden
  25. Food street: feeding off the kerbside and creating close communities
  26. At this gym, boxers fight more than people, Rock Steady Boxing
  27. A wheelie good story
  28. Volunteers take aged care residents for bike rides
  29. Students bond with aged care residents by writing down their memoirs
  30. The aged care residents cooking for the homeless
  31. Silent discos helping seniors combat dementia
  32. Seniors enquiry line and time for grandparents program

Guidance to help you prepare your GovHack project video to pitch your solution (3 minutes):

  1. Introduction: state the project title, team name and members.
  2. Problem: what is the challenge your hack addressed? Why does it matter to find a solution?
  3. Vision: in one sentence, describe the ideal end state / long-term goal you are trying to achieve through your solution.
  4. Data/resources: what was your approach to solve the problem? How did you investigate the problem? Provide an overview of the open data and information used and how it helped you to develop your solution
  5. Minimum viable product: describe your solution (proof of concept). What makes the solution unique? What would be the impact of the solution?
  6. Next steps: outline a road map on how the solution could be developed and implemented to achieve your vision.

For more tips see the GovHack handbook.

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