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Protection of Older Australians from Abuse and Neglect Extended to Home Care and Flexible Care

On 1 December 2022, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) will be extended from residential aged care to include home care and flexible care delivered in a home or community setting.  This means that all providers of home care packages, short-term restorative care at home, Commonwealth Home Support Program, … Continue reading Protection of Older Australians from Abuse and Neglect Extended to Home Care and Flexible Care

Child Protection and the Role of Child Safety

A child, being a person under 18 years of age, has an inherent right to be protected from harm. A child’s family is foremost responsible for the child’s upbringing, protection and development. If a child does not have a parent who is able and willing to offer that protection, the state will take on the … Continue reading Child Protection and the Role of Child Safety

A Fair Hearing – the Right to an Interpreter during Court Proceedings

On the international stage, Australia is a signatory to a number of international agreements that include provisions that everyone is entitled to be informed promptly and comprehensively about the nature and cause of the charge against the person in a language that they understand (Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).  … Continue reading A Fair Hearing – the Right to an Interpreter during Court Proceedings

Decriminalisation of Public Offences

Law reform submission to the parliamentary committee Caxton has joined with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Ltd (IUIH) to make a submission to the Queensland Parliamentary Community Support and Services Committee supporting the decriminalisation of public drunkenness, begging and other similar offences. IUIH is a not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled health service, … Continue reading Decriminalisation of Public Offences

History in the Making

Domestic and family violence needs to be everybody’s business. The time has come for a total system overhaul if the Queensland Government wants change. Caxton acknowledges the Queensland Government’s historic announcement, committing a $363 million package to combat domestic abuse. The government’s Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established in December 2021 and … Continue reading History in the Making