Protecting the Rights of Older Australians

On 19 March 2019, the Attorney-General launched the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023. Developed in collaboration with state and territory governments, the National Plan provides an overview of the issues that all governments need to act on as a priority, as well as early agreed actions to address them.

It sets out a framework for ongoing cooperation, action and monitoring against five key priority areas:

  1. Enhancing our understanding

  2. Improving community awareness and access to information

  3. Strengthening service responses

  4. Planning for future decision-making

  5. Strengthening safeguards for vulnerable older adults

These priority areas will result in:

  • Access to better information about elder abuse, to enable governments to target effective responses

  • Better co-ordination across jurisdictions, as many families live across multiple states or territories and may struggle to navigate systems and rules operating in different locations

  • An improvement in people's access to information about elder abuse, including driving greater service responses, such as the Australian Government's recent investment in front-line support services

  • Greater attention on the benefits of planning ahead and making it easier and safer for older people to utilise future-planning tools such as powers of attorney.