Australian Law Reform Commission publishes issues paper on elder abuse

16 June 2016

By Kevin Zakreski

Australia’s federal law-reform agency, the Australian Law Reform Commission, has just released its first major publication in its elder-abuse inquiry. The Issues Paper on Elder Abuse (PDF) asks the public to respond to “a number of questions about how Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks could be reformed to better protect older Australians from abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, and representatives.”

The issues paper poses 50 questions, covering the following subjects:

  • the definition of elder abuse and examples of it;
  • social-security benefits;
  • aged care;
  • national disability insurance scheme;
  • superannuation;
  • financial institutions;
  • family agreements;
  • appointed decision-makers;
  • public advocates;
  • health services;
  • forums for redress;
  • criminal law.

The issues paper is open for response until 18 August 2016. The publication webpage contains information on making a submission.

The issues paper is planned as a first step in the inquiry process, with a discussion paper scheduled for publication in November 2016 and a final report due by May 2017.

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