ARAS: Aged Rights Advocacy Service (South Australia)

"For the Rights of Older People"

The Aged Rights Advocacy Service Inc (ARAS) is a not-for-profit community based organisation, providing advocacy support since 1990.

It is an independent, rights based organisation that aims to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of older people, through the provision of information, education, support and representation.

The Aged Rights Advocacy Service is commonly known as ARAS and offers a free, statewide and confidential advocacy service.

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Advocacy for Residents of Retirement Villages A retirement village residents’ advocacy service was launched in late 2014 that aims to provide support to residents with regard to issues which relate to their residency. The advocate aims to:

1) Provide information about rights and entitlements relating to residency of Retirement Villages.

2) Provide advocacy support, assistance or representation when individual resident and/or groups of residents need to: · Contact an administering authority · Contact OFTA · Attend Residential Tenancy Tribunal or South Australian Civil and Administering tribunal.


BackToTheFuture Button(29.04.15) For this years' WEAAD 2015 Conference on TUESDAY 16 JUNE 2015, we go 'Back To The Future' as we celebrate 10 years of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). We will explore the evolution of elder abuse prevention over the last 10 years while also looking to the future. For the complete conference program and registration, click here.


Stop press: Keith Conlon to MC our 2015 WEAAD conference!

Keith is well-known to Adelaide as a veteran television and radio presenter, MC, journalist and musician. He has presented the ABC news, and talk radio station 5AA’s breakfast program with Jane Reilly. He hosted the long running Postcards SA which so well showcased South Australia. He has managed community radio and drummed the course of the Adelaide Christmas Pageant.


Major Sponsor for the WEAAD Conference 2015

The Government of South Australia is leading innovation and growth in economic and social opportunities for older South Australians. As active members of our communities, older South Australians are actively participating in and benefiting from all-ages-friendly communities, and renewing our state’s potential through their vital contributions. Following the release of the state ageing plan Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019 and action plan, the state government through the Honourable Zoe Bettison, Minister for Ageing, is working with aged, community, retail and private sectors to further this potential, and actions to prioritise health, wellbeing and security of older South Australians. Active involvement of seniors comes with a responsibility to raise awareness across our communities, that older South Australians, regardless of age, ability, or background, have the right to be respected and valued. They have the right to experience fulfilment and opportunities which positively impact their wellbeing. In June 2014, the state government released the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older People 2014-21 at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference. Outcomes under this strategy are ensuring that the rights of older people are respected and valued. South Australia has developed a policy based Charter of the Rights of Freedoms of Older South Australians, supporting awareness and increased recognition of older people’s rights across the broader community. Following this, Minister Bettison is releasing the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older People Action Plan 2015-21. Through this action plan, the commitment of state government to ensure awareness of the rights and safeguards of older people will be supported by tangible actions. Over the next seven years, the priorities of the state government will include a key focus on building stronger community connections, and the ways older people, their families and carers, and professionals, identify and respond to situations of vulnerability and risks for older people. Supported under this action plan will be new research and the develoment of locally relevant evidence base to inform future policies. Based on a shared responsibility and leadership, the actions of state government will be strengthened through collaboration with state and local government agencies as well as non-government organisations and the broader community.


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 WEAAD15 Button(25.02.15) Our WEAAD Community Activity Starter Kit has been developed for service providers to raise the awareness of abuse of older people in the community, coinciding with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th. This years WEAAD Kit is available to download right now, click here.


The Hub Button(18.07.14) The development of the National Elder Abuse Prevention Hub, an ARAS initiative, has been highlighted on two Australian Aged Care websites, Australian Ageing Agenda and DPS News. Further details on The Hub's progress will be highlighted at the 3rd National Elder Abuse Conference, September 3 & 4 in Perth.


Upcoming Training & Workshops: (DON'T MISS OUT, NUMBERS ARE LIMITED)

Abuse Prevention 'Train the Trainer' Session: Book now, click here.

Wednesday 14 October, 2015: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Responding to Elder Abuse Workshop: Book now, click here.

Wednesday 14 October, 2015: 1.00apm - 4.30pm


Past Events

ARAS held the conference Elder Abuse Prevention - Take Action on Monday 16 June at the Adelaide Convention Centre to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014. For a summary of the conference click here.

The 2nd National World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference was held in Adelaide on the 17th and 18th of June 2013. For all the conference information and presentations click here.