Safety and Protection

Safety and protection

>> Financial and Legal Information for Senior Territorians (click to download) – includes information on making a well, advance personal plans, protecting your personal information, legal advice, your rights at retirement and protecting yourself from elder abuse.

In this section: Emergencies | Personal and home safety | Discrimination and abuse | Consumer protection | More information


  • Emergencies – How to get help in an emergency. About emergency response services.
  • Preparing for a disaster
    • Cyclone Planning for Seniors
    • Senior and Safer booklet features hints and tips to assist seniors to minimise risks and make their homes safer. (This was published for Queensland Seniors, but many of the tips apply here in the Territory).
    • The Red Cross Emergency REDiplan booklet helps seniors, people with a disability; their carers and families prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

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Personal and home safety

More information about making your home safe is available to COTA NT members in the White Papers section of the Members only pages. They may also access the COTA NT Home Maintenance Service.

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Discrimination and abuse

Victims of Crime NT Inc

Telephone: 8941 0995
VoCNT is a not for profit agency that provides services to people who have been a victim of crime in the Northern Territory. Providing court support, information, advocacy, counselling and assistance to re-secure your home and have someone on your side. Victims of personal violence may be eligible for compensation through the Crime Victims Services Unit. VoCNT can assist with this.

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Consumer protection

  • Northern Territory Consumers Affairs assist with consumer protection within the purchase of goods and services, residential tenancies and residential building disputes. They  help business too (more). NT Consumer Affairs 1800 019 319
    • For senior Territorians – home care, scams, door to door sales people, residential tenancy, funeral RIP offs, travelling con-men
    • For consumers –  Easy English fact sheets, Aboriginal issues, caravan parks legislation, complaints and disputes, consumer rights, contracts, gifts cards and vouchers, vehicles, NDIS, owed residential tenancy bond monies, product safety, pyramid selling, residential building disputes, residential tenancies, scams, shopping for goods and services, travel information, travelling con-men, unsolicited trading.
    • Australian Consumer Law

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More information

The following resources can be accessed via the links and phone numbers below:

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Further information and reading

Source: Information is provided by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

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