Adult Safeguarding in Queensland

In 2017, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response was released, which made recommendations about adult safeguarding that extended beyond elder abuse and focused on ‘at-risk adults’.

Queensland is yet to make significant reforms following the Commission’s report.

The Public Advocate has completed the first volume of a two-volume report on adult safeguarding in Queensland.

The first volume draws on extensive consultation with stakeholders to identify adult safeguarding ‘gaps’ that exist.

The second volume will identify reforms that will address these gaps and is due to be completed later in 2022.

In addition to analysing existing literature and thinking on adult safeguarding, volume one of the report draws heavily on the eight in-person roundtables conducted by the Public Advocate across Queensland during 2021 and 2022. It also utilises feedback from other in-person and online consultations with service professionals and with people with lived experience of disability held during this time. The roundtables were held in Townsville, Mt Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Southport, Caloundra, and Brisbane. Each was attended by a wide range of stakeholders representing multiple sectors, including health, housing, emergency services, community and legal services, and guardianship and administration.

Adult safeguarding in Queensland: Volume 1. Identifying the gaps is available here.