3 March 2016 –
The Government is taking steps to help prevent the financial abuse of older Queenslanders. Last year there were more than 1,300 reported cases of elder abuse in our state – many of these cases were at the hands of a family member. Many more cases go unreported.
The Queensland Parliament recently undertook an inquiry in to the adequacy of the existing financial protections for Queensland seniors. This inquiry made 43 recommendations about serious financial mismanagement, exploitation, or abuse of seniors.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government supported 41 of these recommendations. Two recommendations were not backed because one relates to Federal Government responsibilities and the other would duplicate powers already in place in Queensland.
The Government has committed to:
- Developing a whole of government strategy for seniors
- Exploring options to formalise family agreements
- Developing a housing strategy which encourages affordable and accessible housing options to support seniors to live safely and independently
- Developing financial resilience and inclusion strategies including credit and insurance needs
- Improving pathways to link older Queenslanders with safe, affordable, alternative financial service products
- Supporting seniors to engage with computer and internet technologies, and
- Developing a program that promotes awareness of elder abuse and powers of attorney.
Elder abuse is a serious problem in our community. If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse there are a range of services that can provide advice, support, or referrals, including the elder abuse helpline 1300 651 192 (Queensland only. 9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
If you would like any further information please contact my office.