Ageing, Disability & Home Care

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Employing older people

The Australian workforce, like the Australian population, is ageing.

Employers are being presented with significant challenges from the combination of the:

  • ageing workforce 
  • large numbers of baby boomers leaving the workforce 
  • projected decrease in the younger workforce.

Attracting and keeping mature workers

To avoid critical knowledge loss, employers are finding new ways to attract and retain mature workers.

Some of the things that may keep mature workers willing to stay longer include:

  • flexible work options, including part-time work, flexible working hours and working from home
  • help with financial planning for a comfortable retirement
  • training and development 
  • opportunities to mentor and share knowledge between generations 
  • help with health and wellbeing 
  • a workplace culture that values maturity and experience.

Age discrimination is against the law

It is against the law to treat older people unfairly when they apply for a job or at work.

Older people have the right to apply for and be fairly considered for most jobs, apprenticeships or traineeships, no matter what their age.  

Older people also have the right to be trained, promoted and get all other workplace benefits available to other employees.

Did you know?

The Australian Human Rights Commission received 731 age discrimination complaints between mid-2009 and mid-2010. Complaints regarding employment constituted 65 per cent of complaints under the Age Discrimination Act.

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