The federal government is urging Australians to take a free online life check on a new website launched.
The new http://lifechecks.gov.au website is part of the government’s More Choices for a Longer Life ageing and aged care package announced in the last Budget.
About $240,000 has been allocated for the campaign in 2018-19.
Two life checks are available, for people aged 45-64 and for those aged 65 and older, with results and recommendations available via email.
On average, Australians are living 25 years longer than 100 years ago. Nearly six million Australians between the ages of 45-64; and more than three and a half million people aged 65 and over are eligible for the online checks.
The online life checks cover four areas: health, work, finance and social life.
The health area of the quiz focuses on risk factors for preventable disease. Government data shows nearly nine out of 10 people over 65 are living with at least one of eight chronic diseases.
Once a person has completed the quiz, areas for improvement are identified and links to information and tools provided.
An important part of life checks was assessing people’s financial preparedness, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said.
Four in five Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extended beyond that.
“Life Checks aim to provide Australians with a clear picture of how they are currently tracking and how they can prepare for the next stages in their lives,” Minister Wyatt said.