Our Challenging Ageism paper launched!

This paper, produced jointly by COTA Vic and Seniors Rights Victoria, was launched on October 1 2016: the International Day of Older People. It provides an overview of ageism in Australia, examples (language, the media, elder abuse, and workplace discrimination), advice on how to stop it, and further resources. Please share it widely: Challenging Ageism

Your invitation to help develop the RCFV’s Support and Safety Hubs

Please find an email invitation from the Victoria Government to participate in workshops in October that will develop the Support and Safety Hubs model  recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. For more information, email: Fv.consultations@dpc.vic.gov.au

From:  [mailto:Fv.consultations@dpc.vic.gov.au]

Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 3:51 PM

Good afternoon,

You are invited to participate in developing the Support and Safety Hubs model, and to contribute to implementing one of the central recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission recommended the introduction of Support and Safety Hubs in each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Service Areas to perform triage, risk and needs assessment and to ensure people are linked in with the services they need at the local level.  You can read more about the Royal Commission’s recommendations for the Support and Safety Hubs in Chapter 13 of the Commission’s report at rcfv.com.au

The Victorian Government is hosting a series of regional and metropolitan community workshops to develop a state wide concept for Support and Safety Hubs. These workshops will build on the recommendations of the Royal Commission to shape the initial thinking for how Support and Safety Hubs will function and operate, and how they can contribute to a service system delivering effective prevention, response and recovery for anyone experiencing family violence and for families with children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The purpose of these workshops is to create a state-wide model that will outline the key features of all Hubs across the state. This will form the basis of future co-design and planning to tailor Hubs to local communities, where there will be further opportunities for victim survivors, service providers, peak bodies and other sector stakeholders, representatives from all levels of government and other members of the community to take part. These workshops will build on the recent community conversations to develop a future vision for the family violence system.

You are welcome to attend any session, to register, simply click the relevant link below:

Geelong – Thursday 13th October –


Pakenham – Friday 14th October –


Horsham – Monday 17th October –


Swan Hill – Tuesday 18th October –


Shepparton – Wednesday 19th October –


Sale – Thursday 20th October –


Craigieburn – Friday 21st October –


We welcome you, your colleagues and your community to take part – so please forward this invitation to your networks and anyone who wants to partner with us to establish the foundations for the Support and Safety Hubs, how they could work and what they might look like. To get the most out of the session, we suggest that you read Chapter 13 – Pathways to service of the Commission’s report.

More information about the workshops and the government’s response to family violence can be found at vic.gov.au/familyviolenceresponse.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution,

Social Policy, Family Violence & Service Delivery Reform Department of Premier and Cabinet

Our submission to the ALRC’s national inquiry into elder abuse

In February 2016, Seniors Rights Victoria hosted the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference in Melbourne, at which the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney General, announced the ground-breaking Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into ‘Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse’. Seniors Rights Victoria’s first submission to the Inquiry  is here.

Seniors Rights Victoria’s submission is based on our staff’s extensive knowledge and casework and seeks, in line with the Inquiry’s intention, to identify best practices for protecting older Australians while promoting respect for their rights and preferences. We hope that it gives voice to the many people who experience elder abuse that we assist. The submission includes, for example, recommendations to fund research, change Centrelink rules, better oversee supportive and substitute decision-makers, expand the functions of the Office of the Public Advocate, and better educate police, lawyers and other service-providers on elder abuse. In all, there are 17 recommendations on legal and other frameworks that we believe, if adopted, will help eradicate the scourge of elder abuse in Australia in all its manifestations.

We hope you will read the submission, and circulate it widely. Any questions may be directed to our Principal Lawyer, Pam Morton: pmorton@seniorsrights.org.au.


September is Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia Awareness Month, which aims to give Australians a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower everybody impacted by dementia, including carers.

During September, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will host a range of events across the state that will connect, involve and educate the wider public. Highlights include a public lecture (Global Action Against Dementia by international guest speaker Dr Ron Peterson on 22 September at Federation Square in Melbourne) and the Memory Walk & Jog in Geelong on 11 September.

Download a Dementia Awareness Month kit for your workplace, sporting club, school or community group. The kit includes a variety of promotional and online resources. More info here: https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/vic/dementia-awareness-month-2016

Invitation – 25 August Victorian Government consultation with older Victorians on the Gender Equality Strategy

The Victorian Government is developing our first ever Victorian Gender Equality Strategy.

There will be a consultation with older Victorians that considers gender and how to improve women’s rights on:

Date: Thursday 25 August

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: 1 Treasury Place Melbourne

Please RSVP to genderequality@dpc.vic.gov.au or call (03)9637 3344.

Advancing gender equality increases women’s safety, security and wellbeing by encouraging a society based on respect and equality.

Gender equality also has tangible benefits for Victoria’s social and economic prosperity, as more women are supported to reach their potential.

Gender inequality affects women in all areas of their lives:

  • The Victorian workforce participation rate for women is 58.8%, compared to 71.4% for men
  • A national survey found that 1 in 3 women over 15 has experienced physical violence and 1 in 5 has experienced sexual violence
  • Women in full-time work earn around $15,000 less than men each year
  • Women retire with just over half the superannuation savings of men

The Victorian Government wants to hear your ideas on how we can achieve gender equality in Victoria.

Media release