Local adults with disability and older people now have a powerful advocate in their corner with the recent appointment of Robert Fitzgerald AM as NSW's first Ageing and Disability Commissioner.
The Commissioner is tasked with protecting adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The strong, independent body will provide support and referral services for families and raise awareness through education programs.
The Commissioner will be given the power to initiate investigations, compel information from individuals or organisations, and apply for and execute search warrants with the assistance of police.
Multiple public inquiries have highlighted ways the government can strengthen safeguards for adults with disability and older people.
It marks an important milestone in the state's history.
To get in touch with the Commissioner's Helpline, call 1800 628 221 during business hours or visit ageingdisabilitycommission.nsw.gov.au for more information.
More local Police
NSW will be a safer state with the first allocation of the NSW Liberals Nationals $583 million investment in extra police assigned to local stations and specialist areas to protect communities and fight crime.
Ten new officers, including one specialist child protection register officer and one specialist aged crime prevention officer, will be joining the Mid North Coast Police District in the next 12 months, to walk the beat and respond to emergencies in the local community.
Our community will be a safer place with this investment.
I am proud to welcome these men and women and wish them every success in their policing careers in our community.
Future allocations of positions will be determined based on resource requirements and how best to prevent, disrupt and respond to emerging crime issues.