Disputes can be resolved personally or with mediation but sometimes legal action may be required.
Information about your rights
The Seniors and the Law booklet
(PDF 1.5MB) has information about:
- common legal disputes
- grandparents: parenting and family law
- reverse mortgages, debts and becoming a guarantor
- domestic violence and abuse.
To request a copy of the booklet phone the Seniors Information Service on 8168 8776. Savvy Seniors
(PDF 2.1MB) is an Office for Consumer and Business Affairs guide that aims to equip older South Australians with information and know-how to avoid being exploited. The guide covers areas such as consumer protection, marketing, online security, scams and product safety. To order a copy phone 8204 9516.
The Australian Government’s Seniors website
has advice on:
Regaining Your Control may help older South Australians maintain or regain control of their lives and future decisions. To request a copy phone the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) on 8232 5377.
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Who can help?
A range of legal advisory, mediation and ombudsman services is listed on the Seniors Information Service website. Free, confidential and independent advice is also provided for older people who are:living at home and getting home helpliving in an aged care facility experiencing or at risk of abuse.
For more information phone ARAS on 8232 5377 or 1800 700 600 - country toll free or email email@example.com.
JusticeNet SA Inc offers help to people who are financially disadvantaged. In some cases, they may be able to refer you to a solicitor who can represent you for free.
For more information phone 8303 5005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been discriminated against because of your age. The Equal Opportunity Commission can help you.
For more information phone 8207 1977 or 1800 188 163 - country toll free.
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Policy development, advocacy and representation - Council on the Ageing