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Age Discrimination

Elder abuse

Elderly lady looking out a window
Elder abuse can take various forms, including: financial, physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse, or neglect. No older person should be subjected to any form of abuse.

Reaching across generations brings benefits for everyone 

By Commission President and Acting Age Discrimination Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

Every year on the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), the world comes together to celebrate  and reflect on the contributions of older people in our communities.

Building a better cultural inheritance for an ageing Australia

Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO

Age Discrimination Commissioner

Keynote Address to National Press Club of Australia, Canberra

Wednesday, 28 June, 2023



Thank you Andrew Tillett (National Press Club Vice President) for your kind introduction. I am sometimes introduced incorrectly, but maybe more accurately, as the Ageing Discrimination Commissioner. 

HRC Report No.8 - Age Discrimination in the Australian Defence Force (2000)

Monday 31 July, 2023

Age Discrimination in the Australian Defence Force

HREOC Report No. 8, 2000

HRC Report No. 8 arose from complaints by three prospective entrants and one serving member of the ADF. The complaints related to various positions for which the upper age limit was 35. In each case the age distinctions complained of were found to be discriminatory and not within the "inherent requirements of the position". The Commissioner recommended that the ADF apologise to one complainant, compensate three of them and remove the discriminatory age requirements.

Farewell to Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioners

Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM has joined with colleagues to farewell and celebrate the achievements of Age Discrimination Commissioner the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett.

New multicultural education campaign seeks to reduce elder abuse via later life planning

A new education campaign is urging older Australians from a range of culturally diverse backgrounds to safeguard themselves against elder abuse by organising their wills, enduring powers of attorney and other important legal documents.

Launching on this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Have You Thought About Later Life? campaign has been produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission and forms part of the Commission’s suite of educational resources for preventing elder abuse.

Planning ahead for later life

Wednesday 14 June, 2023

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a range of educational resources to raise awareness about the importance of planning ahead for later life. 

The focus of our Have You Thought About Later Life? campaign is to provide resources in English and five community languages to support Australians to have these conversations. 

Planning ahead

Older parents with their children and grandchildren

Future planning empowers older people to have choice and control over their senior years and provides peace of mind for them and their loved ones.

Human Rights Don't Diminish With Age (2023)

Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO

Age Discrimination Commissioner

Speech to Chris Barnard Nursing Agency (CBNA)

MACG Grand Cedar, Ashwood VIC, 3 May 2023


Welcome everyone - I wish to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong people as the traditional owners of the lands from which I speak and pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

State AG inaction enables power-of-attorney parasites: Commissioner

Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner says thousands of older Australians are being robbed and cheated out of millions of dollars every year because of a dysfunctional enduring power-of-attorney (EPOA) framework. The Commissioner is calling on state and territory Attorneys-General to commit to fixing the problem at the Standing Council of Attorneys-General meeting in Darwin this week.