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27 February 2019 Posted by 

New commissioner to stamp out abuse and neglect of older people

A POWERFUL and independent Ageing and Disability Commissioner will be established in NSW to  investigate, and stamp out the abuse of older people and adults with disability.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the new Ageing and Disability Commissioner will start operations from July 1, 2019 to help protect older people and adults with disability in home and community settings.
 
“We will not tolerate the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people, or people with disability,” Ms Berejiklian said.
 
“That’s why we are introducing a powerful and independent Commissioner to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are protected.”
 
The Commissioner will investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation and will provide support to vulnerable adults and their families/carers following investigations.
 
It will also raise community awareness about abuse, neglect and exploitation, including providing advice  on preventing,  identifying and  responding to potential  issues.
 
The Commissioner will be given special powers which will include:
 
• The power to initiate investigations on its own motion, or following a referral or complaint;
• The power to apply for and execute a search warrant, and seize evidence, as part of an investigation; and:
• Information gathering and sharing powers.
 
The establishment of the Commissioner will bring together and expan on the work of the Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit and the NSW Ombudsman’s Standing Inquiry.
 
The Commissioner will work closely with the new Specialist Elder Abuse Officers, who will be introduced  in  each NSW Police  command, to  undertake  crime prevention  and investigate  matters which involve  a criminal offence.
 
The establishment of the Commissioner responds to a number of recent  reviews, including the NSW Parliamentary  Inquires into the  Implementation of the NDIS and Elder Abuse, the Ombudsman’s recent  special report on abuse and  neglect  of vulnerable  adults in NSW and the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Guardianship Act.


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