Legal, Advocacy and Safety
Legal and Advocacy
ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy ServiceElder Abuse Prevention ProgramACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner
ACT Health Services Commissioner Public Advocate of the ACT & Enduring Power of Attorney
Public Trustee for the ACTThe Aged Care Complaints Investigation SchemeFair Trading - Office of Regulatory ServicesConsumer Guide for ACT Seniors
Legal Aid ACTLegal Advice Bureau Welfare Rights and Legal Centre Consumer Law Centre
Women's Legal Centre
Office of Regulatory Services
Tenants Advice Service (Tenants Union)ACT Health Care Consumers Association
ACT Mental Health Consumer Network
Age Positive Respecting Patient Choices - Advance Care Planning
Dying with Dignity ACT
The Older Persons Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line provides support, information and referral to individuals and services that may assist with abusive situations.
Ph: 6205 3535
Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm
The Commissioner's role under the Discrimination Act is to respond to complaints of unlawful discrimination.
The Commissioner has responsibilities for complaints regarding services for older people.
Protects the welfare of people in the community who suffer from a condition or situation that makes them potentially vulnerable to abuse, exploitation or neglect. Role includes the administration of Guardianship and Enduring Power of Attorney legislation.
The ACT Government encourages everybody to put in place appropriate provisions for the management of our finances and estate, irrespective of our age, in readiness for a possible loss of capacity to manage our affairs, and our inevitable death.
The Public Trustee offers its professional services to the whole community at very competitive rates e.g. the establishment of Wills or Enduring Powers of Attorney, financial management and trust administration. Seniors (60+) and pensioners are assisted to write their Wills for FREE.
Available to anyone who has a complaint or concern about an Australian Government-subsidised aged care service (residential or community care).
Assists and protects the community through the administration of Fair Trading legislation. Ph: 6207 3000
Helps people in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged.
If you have a legal problem and you don’t know what to do or you think you have a legal problem but you are not sure, why not make an appointment to discuss it free of charge with a member of the Law Society.
Provides free legal advice, information and referral, assistance and representation on Centrelink/Social Security issues; Public Housing and private tenancy matters (low income earners); Disability Discrimination; one-off advice and referral in other areas of law.
A free, independent, community legal centre funded by the ACT Government, to help people on a low to moderate income who are experiencing financial difficulties.
A community legal centre for women in Canberra and the surrounding area. It is run by women and aims to improve women’s access to justice.
Helpline regarding ACT Unit Tile and Retirement Village Legislation - 6207 0400
A free advice service for people renting in the ACT (tenants and other occupants) which provides advice on all matters relating to ACT residential tenancy law.
Works with health services to achieve services that are responsive, respectful, accessible and affordable to all. Encourages direct consumer involvement in health decision making and lobbies and advocates on behalf of ACT health consumers.
An organisation that is run by consumers for consumers to bring about a higher standard of health care in the mental health sector, through representation, lobbying and active involvement in new developments in the mental health sector.
The Australian Human Rights Commission's 'Age Positive' campaign is gathering and publicising positive stories about holder people, using them to remind the broader community of the varied and important ways older people contribute to Australian society.
If your choices for future health care are properly documented - they can be respected.
Dying with Dignity ACT
Lobbies Government to achieve Law Reform to enable the personal option of a peaceful elective death.
Safety Advice for Older People
ACT Policing website providing practical safety advice for older people to consider, both at home and when going out in the community.
The Program is designed to assist you to improve the security of your home while endeavouring to minimise other preventable risks such as fire or injury caused by falls. It is open to all ACT residents, with persons who are frail aged or who have a disability considered a priority.
The Neighbourhood Watch Program is a community based crime prevention program in which members of a particular neighbourhood accept that they have a personal and social responsibility to assist in the promotion of a sense of well being, safety and security.
An Australian Government site to help you recognise, report and protect yourself for scams, including identity theft. You can also subscribe to their email alerts.
A free service where you can list your phone number to avoid receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls.