Elder abuse: how well does the law in Queensland cope?

The abuse, neglect and exploitation of older Queenslanders is a significant and growing concern. Older people with impaired decision-making capacity are particularly vulnerable to elder abuse.

We collaborated with the elder law section of the Queensland Law Society to explore the legal framework around elder abuse in Queensland.

The aim of the final report— Elder Abuse: How well does the law in Queensland cope?—published 1 June 2010—was to raise awareness of the legal issues associated with elder abuse.

The report covered a range of issues relating to:

  • civil and criminal law
  • guardianship
  • reporting requirements
  • older persons as victims of crime
  • law enforcement
  • domestic violence protection orders
  • aged care complaints mechanisms
  • access to the aged care complaints system
  • access to legal assistance