Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that an individual’s entitlement to human rights does not deteriorate with age but rather that these rights require protection at all stages of life. We support human rights advocacy for seniors and recognises the impact of age discrimination on the recognition and observance of these rights.
Elder abuse is any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect.
Many people do not discuss their concerns with others because of feelings of shame, fear of retaliation, the involvement of family members or fear they will be institutionalised. Some people may not realise what they are experiencing is abuse, or feel that somehow it is their fault. Find out more about elder abuse.
Seniors Legal Advice and Support Service
If you are a victim of elder abuse or feel that you have been mistreated or taken advantage of financially, help is available. Senior Legal and Support Services (SLASS) provides free legal assistance, information and social work services for people over the age of 60.
The service can assist you with:
- legal information and advice
- social work services
- short-term counselling
- advocacy on your behalf
- a referral to other legal, consumer and support services
- representation in court or before tribunals (in certain circumstances).
You can get help by phone, appointment at a service centre or, where possible, they can visit you in your home or another safe location.
For more information contact your nearest SLASS centre:
Brisbane Seniors Legal and Support Service
Caxton Legal Centre Inc.
1 Manning Street
SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101
Phone: (07) 3214 6333
Cairns Community Legal Centre—Seniors Legal Service
Level 2, Mai Street Arcade, 82 Grafton Street
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone:1800 062 608
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre—Seniors Legal Service
Unit 6, 16 Torquay Road
PIALBA QLD 4655
Phone: (07) 4194 2663
Toowoomba Seniors Legal Support Service
The Advocacy and Support Centre Inc.
223 Hume Street
SOUTH TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
Phone: (07) 4616 9700
Townsville Community Legal Service—Seniors Legal Service
Unit 2 181 Sturt Street
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810
Phone: (07) 4721 5511
Listed below are a range of resources that provide additional information on Seniors.
- End of life Law in Australia factsheet
- Elder Abuse Case Studies - CLCs Australia
- National Overview of Community Legal Centres Elder Abuse Work and Expertise
- Commonwealth Funding for Elder Abuse-Related Services
Cairns Community Legal Centre:
Seniors Legal Support Service - downloadable resources
Legal Aid Queensland - legal factsheets:
Do you have a grandchild in your care?
End of life Law in Australia website
Australian Institute of Family Studies report:
Elder Abuse in Australia
Care for your Assets:
Money, Ageing and Family
Queensland Law Society:
Queensland Handbook for Practitioners on Legal Capacity