Australian Law Reform Commission Elder Abuse Inquiry

The ALRC is very appreciative of the input that we receive from our dedicated stakeholders and we want to remind you that submissions in response to the Discussion Paper, released on 12 December last year, are due by 27 February 2017. Feedback from the community on our proposals is crucial to our process for finalising our recommendations and will ensure that our law reform proposals are practical, achievable and will deliver the intended benefits. We take this opportunity to thank everyone for their submissions to this inquiry.

The ALRC released a second consultation document for the Elder Abuse Inquiry—Elder Abuse (DP 83) —on 12 December 2016. The Discussion Paper includes 43 proposals for law reform. Key proposals have been made concerning powers of investigation for public advocates and public guardians; enduring powers of attorney and enduring guardianship; family agreements; banking; aged care; and social security. The ALRC is calling for submissions from organisations and individuals. Submissions are due to the ALRC by the 27 February 2017.

Over the past couple of months, ALRC legal officers have produced a number of podcasts that summarise ALRC proposals in specific areas of reform dealt with in the Discussion Paper:

The ALRC’s final report is due to the Attorney-General at the end of May 2017.


Queensland Police Services Open Doors, Act Now, Break the Cycle Project

The new project, Open Doors. Act Now, Break the Cycle, was developed by Logan District Police and seeks to educate the CALD community in areas of domestic and family violence through the use of an educational video that has been translated into eight predominant languages in the Logan community: English, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Kirundi, Mandarin, Tamil and Vietnamese.

The video includes information on domestic violence, police involvement, court processes and support services and will be disseminated to the CALD community through local stakeholders including Access Community Services, MultiLink Services Incorporated and the Logan City Council.



Domestic Violence Videos by Queensland Courts

Queensland Courts have published a series of videos explaining the court process for making domestic violence orders.

If you are applying or responding to a domestic violence order, there is information here for you.

Domestic Violence Orders are part of a strategy to protect the safety of all members of our community and to stop the violence.




There's No Excuse for Elder Abuse Campaign

The Queensland Government through the running an Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the issue in Queensland.

There is lots of useful information on the campaign website as well as a striking video.

Campaign Video

About the Campaign

Campaign Resources



Donate to the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit

Click the link below and choose "Elder Abuse Prevention" from the "I would like to make a donation to" drop-down list.



"Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”

The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit is funded by the Queensland Government and auspiced by UnitingCare Community.