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The Federal Attorney General is seeking submissions for a National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney.
A mandatory national registration scheme for enduring powers of attorney relating to financial matters has been proposed as one way to reduce the financial abuse of older Australians (see, for example, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2017 report ‘Elder Abuse: A National Legal Response’).
Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have agreed to consult on possible arrangements for a National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney.
As part of this consultation process, they are seeking our views on:
the policy design of the National Register
access arrangements for the National Register
the interaction between existing land titles registers and the new National Register
possible safeguards for users of the National Register.
They will use the outcomes of this consultation to develop and inform a final proposal for the consideration of Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction.
Any experts or bodies interested in this area may make a submission in relation to this initiative through their submission process: National Register Enduring Power of Attorney Public Consultation
Submissions are requested by 30 June 2021. Submissions will be published on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
For more information or to read the consultation paper in full, please visit https://www.ag.gov.au/rights-and-protections/consultations/national-register-enduring-powers-attorney
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