An advocate is someone who stands beside you and works and speaks solely on your behalf, and at your direction. Rights of Older People is an Australian Department of Health and Ageing website with information about the nationwide network of advocacy services, and about the ways that advocacy services can assist older people (or their representatives). There are also links to all state and territory websites.
Australian Capital Territory:
ACT Disability, Aged and Carers’ Advocacy Service (ADACAS).
Phone (02) 6242 5060 or TTY (02) 6242 5065
New South Wales:
Aged-Care Rights Services. Advice and assistance to people 55 years and over who live in or plan to live in supported accommodation, such as retirement villages, serviced apartments, hostels, nursing homes and boarding houses.
Phone 02) 9281 3600
Freecall 1800 424 079.
Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW (CPSA). A not-for-profit peak consumer advocacy body in NSW for pensioners and older people on low-incomes.
Phone 02 9281 3588 or Freecall 1800 451 488 or TTY 02 9281 3893
Aged and Disability Rights Team.
Phone (08) 8982 1111 or Freecall 1800 812 953
Aged Care Advocacy Service Inc. CentaCare NT
Phone (08) 8953 3019 or Freecall 1800 354 550
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community-based systems advocacy and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland, Australia.
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Inc (QADA) supports older people’ rights in Residential Aged Care, Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs) and Home and Community Care (HACC) services.
Phone 3637 6000 or Freecall 1800 700 600
South Australia: The Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) offers a free, confidential and independent service to older people (or their representatives) who are:
- Receiving community based services
- Living in Commonwealth subsidised aged care facilities
- Receiving community aged care packages
- At risk of, or are, experiencing abuse.
Phone (08) 8232 5377 or Freecall 1800 802 030
Welfare Rights Centre (SA) Inc. Committed to the provision of information, assistance and advocacy for people reliant on the social security system.
Phone (08) 8226 4123.
Advocacy Tasmania Inc.
Phone (03) 6224 2240 or Freecall 1800 005 131
Residential Care Rights Service. RCR offers a free, confidential and independent service to older people (or their representatives) who are receiving a Commonwealth subsidised aged care service in Victoria.
Phone (03) 9602 3066 or Freecall 1800 133 312
AdvoCare. Advocacy to protect the rights of people living in residential aged care facilities or receiving Home and Community Care Services.
Phone (08) 9221 8599 or Freecall 1800 655 566.