- Select Committee into Elder Abuse report to assist the State Government in combating the mistreatment of older people
- McGowan Government has held WA's first-ever elder abuse summit, appointed a lead agency for the first time, and secured a leading role above other States on the National Plan
The State Government has welcomed the tabling of the Select Committee into Elder Abuse report as it continues to develop and progress policy in response to the emerging issue.
The report's findings and recommendations will be carefully considered by the State Government to establish how they intersect with or reinforce the work currently underway.
Since March 2017, the McGowan Government has fulfilled election commitments responding to the prevalence of elder abuse by appointing a lead agency on the issue, securing the co-chair role in the development of the National Plan to Combat Elder Abuse, and holding Western Australia's first elder abuse summit.
The State Government continues to prepare its submission to the National Plan to Combat Elder Abuse, and is in the process of developing a localised awareness campaign to raise better understanding of the issue.
The State Government provides financial assistance to non-government organisations, Advocare and the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre in support of the important services they provide to elder abuse victims.
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"Elder abuse is an emerging issue and the Select Committee report is an important resource which will complement the considerable work already underway within government.
"Every piece of work undertaken in this area raises the community's awareness of this type of abuse, helping people to identify when someone needs help.
"Our elder abuse summit in June brought more than 40 stakeholders together to help develop policy and inform our response to the issue.
"The report will help shine further light on what is often a silent scourge, and help the wider community to understand what elder abuse is and how to identify, report and ultimately prevent it."
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"The McGowan Government is committed to amending the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 to implement the recommendations of a 2015 Statutory Review which will provide consistency over provisions for guardianship and administration, enduring powers of attorney and enduring powers of guardianship.
"These are important reforms to strengthen safeguards for adults with a decision-making disability and improve the overall operation of the Act. The previous Liberal National Government did not progress the recommendations from that review.
"Drafting has commenced and it is anticipated that the Bill will be introduced into Parliament in the first half of 2019.
"Elder abuse has also been on the agenda of the Council of Attorneys-General following the Australian Law Reform Commission's report 'Elder Abuse - A National Legal Response'. Work is underway to develop the National Plan to Combat Elder Abuse."
Seniors and Ageing Minister's office - 6552 6400
Attorney General's office - 6552 6800