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COMPASS – Guiding action on elder abuse

Media Release

Australians, their families, friends and loved ones from today can access a new online resource to better understand and address the issue of elder abuse.

Funded by the Morrison Government and developed by Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA), COMPASS – Guiding Action on Elder Abuse brings together the best resources and information on elder abuse from across the country, and creates a national resource which makes it easy to get the information you need, when you need it.

COMPASS is a major step towards the Morrison Government meeting its commitment, under the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023, to improve community awareness of elder abuse and access to information.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said COMPASS was a critical first step to calling out abuse directed at older Australians.

"People experiencing or witnessing elder abuse will have this resource to give them details of support services in their area and provide important information on actions they can take themselves to reduce the risk of exposure to abuse," the Attorney-General said.

"Elder abuse is a complex health and social issue which can have devastating physical, emotional and social consequences.

"By the year 2055 around 23 per cent of Australians will be aged over 65, highlighting the importance of taking action now to prevent the neglect and abuse of this important, and growing, sector of our community."

COMPASS will be regularly expanded and updated, with greater functionality and service sector resources available from mid-2020.