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Public Advocate calls for Agency to fill gap

The Public Advocate has delivered an urgent call to the State Government to fill a dangerous gap in the protection of at-risk adults in the Victorian community who are suffering from violence and abuse.

The Advocate, Colleen Pearce, called for an existing State Agency with the appropriate functions and powers to be given responsibility for safeguarding and supporting the adults who she says are at risk.

She said a report entitled Line of sight: Refocussing Victoria’s adult safeguarding laws, from her Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) said Victoria had a “patchwork” of Agencies with specific roles, functions and powers, largely focused on the regulation of specific services or providers or Victorians who had a decision-making disability.

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