Government forms super group to battle elder abuse

The Federal Government is set to launch a new super group to battle elder abuse.
The Federal Government is set to launch a new super group to battle elder abuse.

AUSTRALIAN seniors can feel a little safer after a new super group was created to protect them from the "tragic" effects of elder abuse.

Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), which is expected to contribute to policy making and prevent the abuse of older people, will be launched in Sydney ahead of World Elder Abuse Day.

"The abuse of older Australians is tragic," the Attorney-General Christian Porter said. "As Australia's population ages, with the proportion of those aged 65 or over rising from 15% of the population in 2014-15 to 23% by 2055, we need to address the risk of abuse that faces people as they age.

"EAAA has been established to work in partnership with government to promote the safety, dignity, equality, health and independence of older Australians through education, capacity building, data gathering and research.

"This new alliance will play a key role in the development of a National Plan to combat elder abuse."

The EAAA was born from a key recommendation of last year's Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) Report: Elder Abuse - a National Legal Response and, according to the Attorney-General, maintains the Turnbull Government's promise to better protect older Australians.

"The Turnbull Government is committed to working with state and territory governments, and our community partners, to develop solutions to address this issue," the Attorney-General said.

"Last week the Council of Attorneys-General agreed to work towards the establishment of a national register of Enduring Powers of Attorney as a key step to provide protection from financial abuse of older Australians."

The Turnbull Government is providing $500,000 to EAAA under Budget initiatives.

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