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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . .

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      •     Capital Metro Agency banner - $3,771.90 (design, print and production of 12 banners - information provided in 2014 via QON 318);

      •     Capital Metro Agency fold-up-trams - $6,072.00 - reprint of cardboard trams (10,000);

      •     Capital Metro Agency magnets - $588.00 (quantity of 3,000);

      •     Capital Metro Agency stickers - $283.80 (quantity of 2,000, includes design of both magnets and stickers); and

      •     Light Rail Network brochure & business card - $1953.00 (quantity of 500 of each, includes design).

Aged persons—elder abuse (Question No 678)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Veterans and Seniors, upon notice, on 18 February 2016:

(1) Does the ACT Government have a current figure on elder abuse in ACT aged care facilities.

(2) How is the Government responding to increasing rates of elder abuse in aged care facilities in the ACT.

(3) What regulatory bodies are responsible for inspecting aged care facilities in Canberra.

(4) What is the Government doing to assist victims of elder abuse.

Dr Bourke: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government does not collate data specifically on elder abuse in ACT aged care facilities.

Currently compulsory reporting of elder abuse applies only to residential aged care providers that receive funding from the Commonwealth Government, and is limited to any unlawful sexual contact or unreasonable use of force under the Aged Care Act 1997(Commonwealth). This national data is available in the

2014-15 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997.

(2) The response to elder abuse claims in aged care facilities is a Commonwealth Government responsibility. This includes regulation for quality of care standards and funding under the Aged Care Act 1997.

The Commonwealth Government appointed an independent Aged Care Complaints Commissioner to handle and investigate any complaint about aged care services. This free service is for anyone to raise their concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people receiving aged care services subsidised by the Commonwealth Government.

The Complaints Commissioner has replaced the Aged Care Complaints Scheme. For more information visit www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au.


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