Positive Ageing

Mathers House and Criterion House provide a hub for our positive ageing services.

  • Program of activities to keep you active, healthy and connected.
  • Café serving lunch weekdays.
  • Information hub for aged care services, health, and community events and activities.
  • Hall hire and room bookings.

What's on

Our regular program includes art, music, fitness, films, IT education, and board and card games.

Check out our latest What's On guide for the current program of events and activities:

You can also download your own copy: What's On in Positive Ageing(PDF, 1MB)

Email newsletter

Make sure you subscribe to our Mathers House email newsletter and stay informed about the City of Hobart's Positive Ageing programs, and receive the What's On guide as soon as it comes out.

You'll also be the first to know about our special events and activities, as well as any major changes to listed activities.


You can also follow us on the Mathers House Facebook page.


Virtual classes

Can't make it in person? View the Mathers House online video series and follow along with some of your favourite classes from home.

Have an idea for activity or class?

We are always looking for partnerships and opportunities to work with groups, organisations and individuals. If your activity fits in with the social inclusion aims of the City of Hobart, we would be keen to talk to you and look at ways in which we may be able to support your activity. To share your ideas, contact us on 03 6234 1441 or email mathersplace@hobartcity.com.au.


Hot meals and sweet treats are served Monday to Friday in the Mathers Dining Room.

Lunch is available 12-1.30 pm Monday to Friday at very reasonable prices. Our menu changes daily with seasonal produce and our new chef is bringing a fresh taste to the table.

It's a hub for meeting friends and making new ones. All are welcome.

Information Hub

The City of Hobart, in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, has established an Information Hub to assist older people with finding information online.

Volunteers at Mather's House are on hand to help you find out about My Aged Care services, health websites, events and activities in the community.

For more information, call 03 6234 1441 or email mathersplace@hobartcity.com.au.

Opening hours

The facilities are staffed and open for business from 10 am - 3 pm, weekdays. Some activities and programs may operate outside these hours.

Hiring the houses

You can hire our facilities after hours and on the weekend at very reasonable rates. Fees are calculated on a casual or regular basis with preference given to community-based activities.

How to find us

Mathers and Criterion are located at 108 Bathurst Street, close to the Hobart Central Car Park, which has free parking for the first 60 minutes.

The houses are only two blocks from the Hobart bus mall and close to Hobart LINC, Bathurst Street Post Office and the city centre.

Mathers House is the first building you see when entering Mather's Lane from Bathurst Street. Criterion House is on the opposite side of the lane and is also accessible from Criterion Lane.

Hobart Older Persons' Reference Group

This is a group of older people who work to build community and social connectedness for older people both locally and throughout greater Hobart.

HOPRG's mission is to ensure that the voice of older people is heard, and that older people have the opportunity to be included and engaged in their communities.

If you are interested in being a member of HOPRG, please phone 03 6238 2772 or email Mark Joseph at josephm@hobartcity.com.au.

More Information

City of Hobart Positive Ageing Commitment

City of Hobart Equal Access Commitment

Inclusion and equity

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Tasmania

Department of Premier and Cabinet - Older Persons