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23 May 2019

Roger Jaensch MP

Minister for Human Services

2019-20 Budget: Budget allocation for Elder Abuse Prevention

The Hodgman Liberal Government wants all Tasmanians to contribute to, and benefit from, our state’s brighter future, regardless of their age. As they grow older, however, some Tasmanians can become vulnerable and need additional protection.

Elder abuse - in any form - is not OK and that’s why we are committed to protecting Tasmanians in need and keeping our community safe.

The 2019-20 State Budget provides for an additional $850,000 to implement key actions under an updated Tasmanian Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy, including a contemporary community awareness campaign, a new website to help streamline referral pathways and training tools for Tasmanians who work in the sector to better understand and prevent elder abuse in our community.

This funding will also assist to implement the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023, which was endorsed by the Tasmanian Government earlier this year.

The Tasmanian Government has been working closely with stakeholders on the development of the updated Strategy and will release it shortly – delivering on our election commitment.