Meet the Commissioner for Senior Victorians

Gerard Mansour - Commissioner for Senior Victorians

The Commissioner for Senior Victorians provides independent advice and advocacy to the Victorian Government on issues relevant to senior Victorians. The Commissioner provides an independent public voice to educate the community on seniors’ issues including prevention of elder abuse, actively promoting the positive contribution of seniors and encourages seniors to fully participate in our community. The Commissioner’s role is not individual advocacy or for resolving complaints about government services.

Gerard Mansour was appointed to the role in 2013.  He is a highly respected and passionate advocate to government on behalf of older people. With over 30 years of leadership experience within the aged and wider community services sectors, Mr Mansour has contributed significantly to industry capacity building, policy development and enhancement of services for older Australians.

The Commissioner provides independent advice to the Minister and Victorian government departments, he creates submissions for enquiries and Royal Commissions. The Commissioner does not provide programs for older people. The Commissioner’s role is not individual advocacy or for resolving complaints about government services for seniors. For personal advocacy please visit this Important Contacts page to search for the service you need assistance with.

The Commissioner is also the Ambassador for Elder Abuse prevention. Read more about Elder abuse prevention including what it is and where to seek advice or support for friends and family.

Ageing well in a changing world

In November 2020, the Commissioner released the Ageing well in a changing world report. Drawing on the insights provided by five thousand senior Victorians, the eight key attributes of ageing well have been developed to show what it means to age well in Victoria today. Read more about the Ageing well report.