Responses to Elder Abuse in Australia: A Conversation with Prof Rosalind Croucher AM (third party event)

Concerned about the incidence and extent of "elder abuse" in Australia?

This third party event provides the opportunity for practitioners and other interested persons to hear from Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, regarding:

  • the scale of elder abuse in Australia;
  • the scope and progress of the ALRC inquiry (more info below); and
  • the adequacy of existing federal legal responses and future developments. 

About the ALRC Inquiry

In February 2016, the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced an inquiry into laws and frameworks to safeguard older Australians from abuse. The inquiry is being undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission. The inquiry will assist the federal government to identify the best way to protect older Australians, while at the same time promoting respect for their rights. It is anticipated that the inquiry will report in May 2017.

The inquiry was launched in the wake of several inquiries into elder abuse in various Australian states, and an inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians. It has also been discussed at Victoria's Royal Commission into Family ViolenceThe ALRC inquiry will: ...scrutinise existing Commonwealth laws and frameworks which seek to safeguard and protect older persons from misuse or abuse by formal and informal carers, supporters, representatives and others. The inquiry will be broad in scope and consider regulation of areas of federal jurisdiction such as financial institutions, superannuation, social security, aged care and health.

As many laws affecting older people come within the purview of the states and territories - for example the regulation of powers of attorney, wills, and estates - the inquiry will also examine how federal laws interact with relevant state and territory laws. The outcomes of the inquiry promise to recalibrate legal approaches to elder abuse in Australia. 

Register for this external third party event here.

Event: Eminent Speaker Series: Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission
Date: Tuesday 14 February 2017
Time: 5.00 pm registration
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm conversation with Prof Rosalind Croucher AM
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm refreshments
Location: Moot Court, Room 207 and 201
Curtin Law School
57 Murray Street Perth 
Curtin University
RSVP: Please register by Friday 10 February 2017 to confirm your attendance. Early responses are appreciated.
Contact: Foundation Dean of Law Office, Curtin Law School

0.5 point x C3: Ethics or Professional Responsibility
0.5 point x C4: Substantive Law

Curtin Law School will maintain an attendance register for this event. Those attending who wish to claim CPD points should sign the register. Attendees should also keep their own records of accrued CPD points as certificates for CPD points will not be issued by Curtin Law School.



Event date 14 Feb 2017, 5:00 pm
Event End Date 14 Feb 2017, 7:30 pm
Registration Start Date 01 Feb 2017, 8:00 pm
Location Curtin University Moot Court

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