Queensland Law Society

Seniors & the law

In collaboration with a range of government, legal industry and community stakeholders, Queensland Law Society has developed a comprehensive report about elder abuse. Report findings state that key stakeholders consider there is a need to strengthen the laws affecting elderly Queenslanders, particularly in the areas of guardianship, tort law, workplace health and safety, criminal law and civil procedure.

QLS's report makes the following recommendations:

  • review of s52(2) of the Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld) and r13 of the Personal Injuries Proceeding Regulations 2002 (Qld)
  • nationwide uniform enduring powers of attorney
  • education campaigns to help identify and prevent elder abuse
  • establishing a specialist unit within Queensland Police Service’s State Crimes Operations Command to investigate complaints of elder abuse.

The Retirement Villages submission paper has been presented to the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General.