National Plan 

Elder Abuse—A National Legal Response (ALRC Report 131) included a suite of recommendations regarding the development of a National Plan to combat elder abuse. Initiatives announced by the Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis on 1 October 2017 implement, or are consistent with, several elements of the National Plan envisaged by the ALRC. These include:

  • Funding for new research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies that would focus on the prevalence and nature of elder abuse in Australia. This implements ALRC Recommendation 3-5 that ‘There should be a national prevalence study of elder abuse to build the evidence base to inform policy responses’.
  • The establishment of an Elder Abuse working group, consisting of State and Territory Attorneys-General, to report to Ministers via the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council. (See Rec 3-2)
  • The establishment of a new national elder abuse peak body to ensure that vulnerable older Australians are better supported through having their issues addressed and represented in a more coordinated and comprehensive manner. The new peak body would support the foster collaboration and the sharing of information to facilitate learning and innovation, and provide policy expertise to governments. While the ALRC did not recommend a new national peak body as such, the stated goals of the new peak body, and the recommended ‘Plan’ are similar, for example: in establishing a national policy framework (See Rec 3-1 (a) and Chapter 3 more broadly).
Published on 10 October 2017. Last modified on 1 February 2018.