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Who we are

Seniors Rights Victoria was established in 2008. It is a program of the Council of the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and is governed by its Board. Victoria Legal Aid and the Department of Health and Human Services provide the main funding. Seniors Rights Victoria works closely with Justice Connect's Seniors Law team and Eastern Community Legal Centre's elder abuse services

What we do

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) is a specialist Community Legal Centre and is a member of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres and the national association, Community Legal Centres Australia.

Seniors Rights Victoria advances the rights of older people and works to prevent elder abuse.

We also provide free information and referrals, legal advice and legal casework on matters specifically related to elder abuse, to any Victorian aged 60 and above, or to any Indigenous Victorian aged 45 and above. Ring our Helpline on 1300 368 821 and we may be able to assist you. 

Advocacy and Social work Support

Seniors Rights Victoria has a team of experienced advocates, such as social workers, who provide free information, advice, referral and support to older people who are either at risk of or are experiencing elder abuse or to other people, such as family members and friends, who are concerned that someone else may be experiencing elder abuse. Our advocates can also provide information to other professionals concerned about someone experiencing elder abuse.

In some circumstances, Seniors Rights Victoria advocates can help older people experiencing elder abuse directly with: 

  • Referrals for counselling or other support
  • Help navigating Centrelink enquiries
  • Practical assistance with the financial sector 
  • Support through a court process
  • Help navigating referral pathways for suitable and affordable housing
  • Linking in with My Aged Care services

Legal Support

Seniors Rights Victoria’s lawyers can provide legal advice and legal casework in appropriate circumstances to older people experiencing elder abuse. Seniors Rights Victoria supports and empowers older people through the provision of legal advice directly to the older person.  

If necessary and appropriate Seniors Rights Victoria lawyers can help with: 

  • Intervention Orders, including requesting the perpetrator be removed from a shared home
  • Arrangements involving the exchange of assets in return for the promise of care including ‘family care’, ‘assets for care’ and ‘granny flat’ arrangements;
  • Situations involving adult children living with their parents
  • Inappropriate exercises of power under a Power of Attorney
  • Financial Abuse, including debts and loans, misuse of Powers of Attorney, transfer of property and co-ownership disputes
  • Disputes about contact with grandchildren
  • Guardianship and Administration issues;
  • Advice about future planning to protect against elder abuse, including Powers of Attorney

Our funders

Seniors Rights Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government  Victoria Legal Aid and the Commonwealth of Australia Attorney-General’s Department.
Victoria State GovernmentVictoria Legal AidAttorney General's Department

Community Legal Centres Australia National Accreditation Scheme

Seniors Rights Victoria is accredited with the National Accreditation Scheme run by Community Legal Centres Australia. The National Accreditation Scheme (NAS) is an industry-based certification process for community legal centres (CLCs) that supports and recognises good practice in the delivery of community legal services.

The NAS provides a quality assurance process that gives CLCs, funding bodies and clients confidence that CLCs are operating according to good practice and industry standards. The NAS promotes a culture of on-going continuous quality improvement.
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If you, or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse, help is available through our confidential helpline on 1300 368 821. If it is an emergency, call 000.
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