Joint Committee on matters relating to Elder Abuse

Committee Details

Joint House Standing Orders
53rd Parliament 06/05/2014 - 17/02/2018
Reported on 31 October 2017

Committee Function

The Joint Committee is established to inquire into and report on matters relating to elder abuse in South Australia, and in doing so consider –

(a) the prevalence of abuse (including but not limited to financial abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, social abuse, chemical abuse and neglect) experienced by older people in South Australia;

(b) the most common forms of abuse experienced by older persons and the most common relationships or settings in which abuse occurs;

(c) the types of Government and/or Community support services sought by, or on behalf of, victims of elder abuse and the nature of service received from those agencies and organisations;

(d) the adequacy of the policies, resources, powers and expertise of specialist agencies (including South Australia Police, Office of the Public Advocate, Aged Rights Advocacy Service, Legal Services Commission, Public Trustee, Domiciliary Care South Australia) and other relevant service agencies to respond to allegations of elder abuse;

(e) identifying effective ways to improve reporting of and responding to elder abuse to assist in establishing best practice strategies for multi-agency responses;

(f) identifying any strength-based initiatives which empower older persons to better protect themselves from risks of abuse as they age;

(g) the effectiveness of South Australian laws, policies, services and strategies, including the South Australian Strategy for Safeguarding Older People 2014 -2021 in safeguarding older persons from abuse;

(h) innovation for long-term integrated systems and proactive measures to respond to the increasing number of older persons, including consideration of their diverse needs and experiences, to prevent abuse;

(i) the consideration of new proposals or initiatives which may enhance existing strategies for safeguarding older persons who may be vulnerable to abuse or prevent such abuse , including with reference to international best practice;

(j) identifying ways to inform older South Australians about online scams to which they may be vulnerable; and

(k) any other related matter.
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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.