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Possible contacts and advice for older people on protecting themselves, assets, and where to get financial advice from

Sometimes making decisions about what’s in your best interests can be difficult. You may feel uncomfortable, exploited or under pressure to make decisions against your wishes. Decision making can be made more difficult when it involves family and others close to you.

You have the right to make informed decisions about issues affecting you such as nominating powers of attorney, making a will or managing your assets and money. Decisions involving family can sometimes be the hardest to make, especially if your adult child asks you to move back home or to loan money.

You can help protect yourself by being informed about your choices, decisions you are making and agreements you are entering into, particularly if you feel uncomfortable about them.

Where appropriate you can also take steps to protect yourself and your assets by being aware of your rights.

For simple advice on making powers of attorney, go to the Office of the Public AdvocateExternal Link site – You decide, who decidesExternal Link .

For more information, you can contact the services below.

Elder Abuse

Seniors Rights Victoria

1300 368 821
Free helpline, legal, advocacy and referral service specialising in elder abuse. Link

Powers of Attorney and Guardianship

Office of the Public Advocate

1300 309 337 Link


State Trustees

03 9667 6466 or 1300 138 671 Link

Consumer information

Consumer Affairs

1300 558 181 Link

Investment advice

Money Smart

An initiative of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission offering tools and tips. Link

Financial counselling

Money help

1800 007 007 Link

If you or someone you know is in an unsafe situation you should ring Victoria Police on 000.

Reviewed 06 February 2024

Seniors Rights Victoria

The Victorian Government funds Seniors Rights Victoria to provide information, support, legal advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.