We’re living longer than ever before.  Innovation in medicine and public services have added years to our lives, our challenge now is to ensure longer lives are full and flourishing for all.

The South Australian Government created the The Innovation in Ageing Challenge to kick start the creation of a new generation of services that will enable people to learn, grow, share, care, share, contribute and connect throughout their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100’s. 

We want to capture the energy of Australia’s social innovators and focus it on defining what it will mean to age well in the 21st century.  We have a once in a generation opportunity to ride the demographic wave and build a society where it’s great to grow old. 

The coming demographic shift will be particularly relevant to South Australia, as the state with the highest proportion of older people in mainland Australia. Some might see this as a challenge, we see it as an opportunity to shape the future and be the state that boldly leads the way in enabling great later lives.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter the challenge: individuals, teams of people, entrepreneurs, community organisations, aged care organisations, businesses, and anyone else we've forgotten. We care more about your ideas and the passion you have to create something great than where you come from!

All entries should directly respond to one of the two briefs: boomers or home aloneYou also have to be able to articulate and ultimately demonstrate how your work will directly benefit older people in South Australia. 

Entries are welcomed from teams based outside of South Australia

Successful entries will need to be an incorporated body (i.e an organisation) to receive the funds. If you aren’t no worries, you should still apply and get in touch, we can help you to think about how you might partner with another organisation to get around this!

We will not consider funding a pre-existing community program or funding a program that is currently running in another state. For alternative Office for the Ageing (OFTA) SA funding streams see here.

Entries may be for early stage ideas or demonstrations of existing programs.

You can download the full terms and conditions of OFTA's grant funding here

If you're unsure if you're a good fit for the challenge send us an email or call us 08 7325 4994.

It's best to register your interest ASAP. After that we'll send through the details of the application process so you can get started!

Shortlist Criteria

These are the things we'll take into consideration when shortlisting entries

Community fit 
Does the entry demonstrate a strong sensitivity of the need and wants of the end user?

Reducing inequity
Does the entry have the potential to improve social outcomes and reduce social inequity?

Does the entry have the potential for a funding model beyond the life of the grant money?

Does the team and any partnerships have the experience and capability to do the work?

Key Dates

4pm to 6pm Wednesday 6th August @ TACSI
Get tickets for Adelaide
Get tickets to the Google hangout

5pm Friday 12th September 
Entrants who've been shortlisted will be notified late September

29th of September and 7th of October. Shortlisted entrants will need to attend both dates. 

Week of 3rd November. Final date to be confirmed.

The Support team


Chris Vanstone

Chris leads co-design across TACSI, our projects and start-ups.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Chris started his career as a product designer, designing biscuits, cameras and razors. He has spent the last 11 years working with interdisciplinary teams, and communities, to co-design scalable, people to people solutions to social problems.

In the UK, he worked for RED at Design Council, was a founding member of Participle and co-founded InWithFor - an organisation set up to work with centres of social innovation solve social problems and improve social problem-solving.

Before joining TACSI he designed solutions to increase democratic participation, reduce household carbon emissions, build relationships for socially isolated older people and enable more young people to thrive. 

His work has been exhibited at MoMA and Cooper-Hewitt in New York and at the Design Museum and V&A in London.


Suhit Anantula

Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social sciences with a focus on social change. He heads Business Innovation at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. His focus is to solve adaptive social challenges and is a consultant and facilitator for innovation, business models and strategy. He is keen to develop entrepreneurship and innovation in the public and social sector.

Suhit works across sectors such as families, child protection, domestic violence, ageing, arts and cultural sector, educational challenges, indigenous issues, digital technology, environment, food and nutrition.

In his previous life, Suhit has worked in investment banking, social enterprises, government and not for profits including multi billion dollar multi-national organisations to small two person startups.

Suhit holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Business and blogs at www.humanomics.co

Who's behind this?


Office for the Ageing (OFTA) develops and implements state ageing policies and strategies responding to the needs and aspirations of the state’s diverse older population. In 2013-14 this has included the state’s ageing plan, Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan 2014-2019; the ageing plan’s action plan and key outcomes such as the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014-2021. OFTA actively collaborates with peak bodies, ageing researchers and the community sector to listen to and learn from the older people of South Australia. 


The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) builds bold solutions to real problems. We’re driven by a strong belief that all Australians deserve to live great lives - not just get by. We develop, run and scale solutions that create high social impact - over the last four years our focus has been older people and vulnerable families. We also support other organisations in building their innovation capability.