WHO IS AASGAA
AASGAA was formed by a large group of AUSTRALIAN victims and their families who have watched over the decades certain Institutions, their Employees & even Strangers and known people of the victim use the Guardianship & Administration System and other tools (such as Powers of Attorney ) to control the decision making (Financial & Personal) of vulnerable Australians.
This is a form of ELDER / VULNERABLE ABUSE.
Paddy Costa (founder of the now defunct COPPA) was an avid advocate for Families facing the Guardianship System in NSW as are many of our Members in Queensland, who are continuing the fight for innocent families . Tasmania has had a long history of Guardianship abuse and many of our members are still suffering in the isle state but we are now growing stronger with Advocates raising their voices.
Our Membership and base is now growing in Victoria and South Australia as well as Western Australia. The two territories are now on board as well.
Many of the victims and families have reported the abuse of their loved ones or end up part of the 'system' (i.e Trustees/Guardian/Tribunal) via other avenues(Social Workers or other providers)......only to find a 'system' in place not designed to protect their loved ones and stop the abuse BUT to exploit the victim.
The biggest beneficiary usually the State Governments (Stamp Duty on Sales) and via Public Trustees stepping in and taking over the estates and assets. Federal Governments also benefit via Capital Gains Taxes on the sale of assets. Law Firms, Real Estate Agents, Banks, Managed Funds and Guardians (via job creation) all benefit by this system.
Many victims are vulnerable due to circumstances beyond their control (self isolation or recently widowed) or suffering from a Dementia, Acquired Brain Injuries , Psychological Disorders or other Neurological illnesses. Other victims are not suffering ANY cognitive impairments (or mildly impaired ) but have been 'caught' in the 'system' by signing Powers of Attorney and Wills over to 'new' friends or Institutional Employees.
This is a form ELDER ABUSE ...of the worst kind. In some cases this is INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE.
We have young victims (& Parents who are no longer 'allowed' to care for their disabled child/adult) stretching to Elderly Victims.
NO AGE GROUP IS SAFE.
FAMILIES are being TORN apart. Often no investigations are conducted into allegations. No Support is provided to victims nor their families.
Stories of Powers of Attorney being signed in hospitals or people with advanced Dementia being signed up to New Powers of Attorney by Professionals preying on the vulnerable or 'new' friends are common.
Tribunals have also been accused of suspending/revoking perfectly valid Powers of Attorney.
Institutions & their Employees are selling Real Estate of such victims without the victim nor their families aware of the sale.
Institutions and individuals engaged in this behaviour can vary but the most common complaints we hear are of are: Government Departments, Public Trustees, Public Guardians, Tribunals, Aged Care Facilities, Social Workers, Hospital Staff, Law Firms, Other Financial Organisations, Charities....just to name a few.
Not all of course engage in this behaviour. But the ones that do often remain unaccountable and rarely prosecuted.
'New' friends and long lost family friends and the odd ratbag family member are often using the Tribunal or Powers of Attorney to their advantage, often fighting innocent family members.
What often happens in these situations is concerned and honest family members try to stop the abuse by reporting it to a relevant body only find themselves being targeted by these Institutions and abusers themselves!
Evidence supplied is often ignored (as Tribunals are not bound by the Rules of Evidence) with the focus on isolating the victim (using grooming & fear tactics) from their support network, ensuring the victim is powerless and dependant on the 'new' network and eventually gaining control of the funds of the victim.
A CLASSIC Elder Abuse tactic.
FAMILIES & SUPPORT PERSONS OFTEN LOSE CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING (FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL) TO STRANGERS AND INSTITUTIONS.
VICTIMS ARE OFTEN UNAWARE OF THE VULNERABILITY THEY FACE DUE TO THEIR ILLNESS.
In some cases, the victim lacks insight or is completely dependant on the abuser and can often turn on those who are trying to protect them from abuse, exploitation and neglect ( A VICTIM OF 'SIEGE MENTALITY').
This form of ABUSE MUST stop immediately.
This is ABUSE against CARERS, FAMILY, SUPPORT PEOPLE but most importantly the VICTIM who may or may not be aware of these actions.