Category Archives: Legal

National EA Conference – The Gift That Keeps on

Seniors Rights Victoria held a workshop on financial elder abuse as part of this year’s national Elder Abuse Conference hosted by the NSW-based Seniors Rights Service in Sydney last month.

Seniors Rights Victoria Principal Lawyer Rebecca Edwards and Community Lawyer Tabitha O’Shea presented the case study of Linda, a single, retired academic aged in her 70s, who had agreed to sell her house and contribute 50 per cent, a total of $500,000, to the purchase of a home by her daughter Gina and Gina’s family, husband Mike and two sons. The plan was that Linda would live in a self-contained section of the house. Sadly, once the move was made Linda was subjected to increasing verbal abuse and threats to kick her out of the home. read more

Legal changes for medical treatment and guardianship

Victorians can now plan ahead for medical treatment to ensure their wishes are followed and their values considered when decisions are made on medical treatment after they lose medical decision-making capacity.

To understand more click Law Institute Victoria Law Institute’s Planning Ahead article.

In other legal updates the Victorian Government introduced new laws this week to better protect the rights of adults with disability to make and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The newly Guardianship and Administration Bill 2018 will replace 1986 laws to define decision-making capacity, including a presumption that a person has the capacity to make decisions unless evidence is provided otherwise. read more

Panel – Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow

COTA Victoria and Transgender Victoria bring you a panel discussion on the issues to consider in planning for the future by LGBTI communities. If you are a member of the LGBTI community, work in the area or are just interested in the issues, please come along to this dynamic discussion.

When: Mon 15 May, 9.00 am to 11.00 am
Where: Maddocks, The Boardroom on Level 25, 727 Collins St, Melbourne.

To book call 1300 13 50 90 or email See flyer for more details.

Free ‘Legal Matters and Ageing’ forum for seniors

Making an Enduring Power of Attorney can help give you choice and control about how your affairs are handled into the future as you age. Seniors Rights Victoria will cover all aspects of Enduring Powers of Attorney at this free Law Week  forum hosted by U3A.

Bookings essential, call Denise on 0439 321 250 by 15 May. See the flyer for more information.

When: 18 May 2017, 1.00 -2.30 pm
Where: Ballarat North Community Centre,  702 Walker Street, North Ballarat

Welcome to new staff

Seniors Rights Victoria is delighted to welcome two new members to the team this month.

Melanie Joosten is our new Policy Officer and her focus is on developing Seniors Rights Victoria policy on elder abuse in the context of family violence and the ongoing reforms resulting from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Melanie comes to us from the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) where for the past 5 years she has been contributing to research on health promotions, and more recently, elder abuse. The elder abuse research at NARI was done in collaboration with Seniors Rights Victoria and drew on our growing body of data about abuse of older people. read more

Free Legal Matters & Ageing Forum 21st Feb 2017

A forum covering all aspects of Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wills in a lively and interactive way. Receive a free kit ‘Take Control – A Guide to Making  Enduring  Powers of Attorney’ and learn all about Wills and have your questions answered  in Legal Bingo. Please see attached  flyer.



Tuesday 21st February 10:30am—12:30 pm

Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion

Forum flyer

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 National CLCs Conference, due 6 April 2016

Call for Abstracts for the 2016 National CLCs Conference, due 6 April 2016.

The 2016 National CLCs Conference – to be held from 10-12 August in WA –  will showcase the innovative and collaborative work of the CLC sector. It will provide opportunities for the sector to share and learn from each other, from partner organisations and communities, and from other experts in the legal assistance field. It will demonstrate and celebrate the fundamental role played by CLCs in driving better justice outcomes within our communities and society as a whole. read more

Changes to Legislation on Powers of Attorney

poaVictorian legislation on powers of attorney will change on 1 September 2015. A power of attorney allows a person with decision making capacity (the principal) to appoint another person (the attorney) to make certain decisions on behalf of the principal. The Victorian legal framework for powers of attorney will change on 1 September 2015, with the commencement of the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 (POAs Act). (A copy of the POAs Act can be found at Powers of attorney valid under current legislation will continue to be valid after the new legislation commences. The POAs Act does not affect medical powers of attorney. read more

Legal matters for older fellas

The successful Legal Matters for Older Fellas Forum at Melton on 11 June 2014 was attended by 40 people, mostly older men, who were keen to find out more about arranging their legal affairs.
Seniors Rights Victoria is now partnering with more councils in the Melbourne metropolitan area to hold further forums. The Legal Matters for Older Fellas Forums are free and are aimed at men over 55 years of age. The Forums are entertaining, informative and provide time for questions and answers on issues related to Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Family Agreements. Those attending receive a free kit on Enduring Powers of Attorney and other information relevant to men. read more