Everybody’s business is a companion document to the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians 2019-2023 (the National Plan). The National Plan establishes a framework under which governments will prioritise and report on activity to reduce the prevalence and impact of elder abuse by working together on priority areas that would benefit from national collaboration. As a companion document, Everybody’s business describes the range of work already underway across Australia as of March 2019 to prevent, intervene, respond to and mitigate abuse of older people.
Everybody’s business describes measures directly funded by government, as well as other initiatives led by non-government organisations, including the private sector. This approach values the contributions made by agencies across Australia and recognises that ending abuse of older people is everybody’s responsibility.
Everybody’s business is the first time a review has attempted to catalogue the wealth of effort and innovation occurring across Australia to prevent and respond to abuse of older people. It has been drafted by the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department, in consultation with Council of Attorneys-General Working Party on Protecting the Rights of Older Australians, and informed by feedback invited from some non-government organisations.