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COMMISSIONER TO PROTECT MONARO’S MOST VULNERABLE
Adults with a disability and older people in Monaro now have a powerful advocate in their corner with the appointment of Robert Fitzgerald AM as NSW’s first Ageing and Disability Commissioner.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the Commissioner has been tasked with protecting adults with a disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Mr Barilaro said the new, independent body will provide support and referral services for Monaro families and will work to raise awareness through education programs.
“The Commissioner will be given the power to initiate investigations, compel information from individuals or organisations, as well as apply for and execute search warrants with the assistance of police,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Commissioner will also have the capacity to help the community detect cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation through education and awareness programs.”
Multiple public inquiries have highlighted opportunities for Government to strengthen safeguards for adults with a disability and older people.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said it marks an important milestone in the state’s history, as NSW has never before had a body specifically tasked with investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with a disability and older people.
“The NSW Government is committed to protecting the vulnerable. We won’t just talk about what can be done – we are delivering real reform that will change lives for the better,” Mr Ward said.
To get in touch with the Commissioner’s Helpline, call 1800 628 221 (business hours Monday to Friday) or visit www.ageingdisabilitycommission.nsw.gov.au for more information.