Elder Abuse Inquiry

15 June 2016

Release of Elder Abuse Issues Paper (IP47)

Each year 15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD), intended to raise awareness of elder abuse internationally and highlight ways to challenge it. Marking this important date, we are releasing the Issues Paper for the ALRC Inquiry into Elder Abuse and Commonwealth Laws, an important Inquiry milestone.

Making a submission

IP47 is the first consultation document for the ALRC Elder Abuse Inquiry. We encourage individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to specific questions, or to any of the background material and analysis provided.

The closing date for submissions is 18 August

The ALRC is keen to hear perspectives on Elder Abuse from diverse communities, and to that end has produced information about the Inquiry in 20 community languages.

We prefer to receive submissions via the online form on the ALRC website, but also accept submissions by post and email. 

Other news

As part of its initial research for the Issues Paper, the ALRC has been speaking with organisations and experts—24 consultations to date—and attending relevant events and forums, including:
  • 4th National Elder Abuse Conference 2016, Melbourne, 23 - 25 Feb 2016
  • QAILS / NACLC Research partnership roundtable,  Brisbane, 1 June
  • 2nd Annual Aged Care Law and Retirement Village Law Conference, Sydney, 7 June.
We thank everyone who has spoken with us and participated in this early stage of the Inquiry, and look forward to continuing consultations as the Inquiry progresses.
In coming weeks the ALRC will attend:
  • Improving Court Practice in Family Violence Cases, Melbourne, 16-17 June
  • International Federation of Ageing Conference at Brisbane, Brisbane 21-23 June
In addition, the ALRC Advisory Committee met on 13 May 2016 to offer valuable perspective on the Issues Paper. It will meet again towards the end of the year to consider proposals for reform that will be included in the Discussion Paper.

Important dates

23 Feb

Terms of Reference

15 June

Issues Paper + call for submissions

Late August

Submissions close

Late Nov

Discussion Paper + call for submissions

Mid Feb 2017

Submissions close

May 2017

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