Age and employment


Older workers employment action plan

This action plan acts as a blueprint on how the New Zealand government can help support and encourage older people to stay in the workforce if they want or need to, and supports the government’s overall employment strategy

Employing and retaining older workers

This report provides insight into the current employment climate for older workers, and the shift in perceptions around Australia’s ageing workforce.
Briefing paper

Check-in opportunity for employers: young Victorians recommend these actions to support wellbeing at work

In a youth citizen’s jury, 54 young people developed 11 asks for actions to support them on their journey to purposeful work.

Generation Z: Life at 17

This infographic provides a snapshot of the lives of 17-year-old Australians in relation to school, work, living arrangements and the skills future workplaces will require.

Employing older workers

Workforce planning that includes succession planning is regarded as a core strategic human resource activity. However, the data in this study leads to the conclusion that organisations may not be giving it the attention it deserves.

Help, but not real help: mature age jobseeker perspectives on employment services in Australia

Analysis of interviews with mature age jobseekers showed that there is disjunction between what these jobseekers say they need from employment services and what they get.

Missing the mark: employer perspectives on employment services and mature age jobseekers in Australia

In a changed labour market and with an ageing population, understanding the attitudes and needs of employers is vital to assisting unemployed older Australians to get and keep jobs.

Working for everyone? Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers

This research summary brings together the findings from a Brotherhood of St Laurence study exploring how Australia’s jobactive employment services might better assist mature age jobseekers to get work.

On the front line: employment services staff perspectives on working with mature age jobseekers

Analysis of interviews with jobactive staff showed that employment services staff face considerable challenges and competing demands.
Discussion paper

Developing a new strategy to prepare for an ageing population: discussion document

The population is getting older. The next generation of older people will live longer, be healthier, more skilled and more educated. They are much more likely to remain in the workforce – and to want to. This discussion document has been released seeking community input...

Ageing and work in regional Australia: pathways for accelerating economic growth

Regions have much to gain by lifting the workforce participation rate of their older population. This discussion paper helps define how our ageing workforce is impacting different regions and the potential payoffs for regions.

The new middle age: ways to thrive in the longevity economy

People are living thirty years longer than they did a century ago but our social structures are slow to adapt. Australia’s workplaces, educational, health and community institutions need to be rethought and reinvented to gain optimal outcomes for the new longevity economy to function effectively...
Policy report

What's age got to do with it? Towards a new advocacy on ageing and work

A new advocacy for older workers that doesn't rely on age-based stereotypes and focuses on more than age discrimination.

Age discrimination in the workplace happening to people as young as 45: study

Almost a third of Australians perceived some form of age-related discrimination while employed or looking for work in the last 12 months - starting as early as 45 years of age. We conducted a national survey of 2,100 men and women aged 45 years and...

The Hazelwood early retirement scheme: history is repeating itself

The Victorian government’s announcement of an early retirement scheme aimed at redeploying some workers (losing their jobs due to the Hazelwood power station closure) to another power generator in the Latrobe Valley has been welcomed in many quarters. The early retirement approach to large-scale job...
Audio interview

How will Australia deal with an ageing workforce?

Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, steps down this week after five years in the job. Ryan is frustrated at the slowness of workplaces in adjusting to the reality of an ageing population. A new report by accountancy giant, Price Waterhouse Coopers, calculates the...

PwC Golden Age Index: how well are OECD economies harnessing the power of an older workforce?

A new PwC global report has found that harnessing the power of an older workforce could deliver gains of up to $78 billion for the Australian economy. The report finds that if Australia’s employment rates for older workers aged 55+ was increased to those in...
Journal article

Judges and retirement ages

All Commonwealth, state and territory judges in Australia are subject to mandatory retirement ages. While the 1977 referendum, which introduced judicial retirement ages for the Australian federal judiciary, commanded broad public support, this article argues that the aims of judicial retirement ages are no longer...

Willing to work: national inquiry into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with disability (2016)

Executive Summary In 2015, the Attorney-General asked the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, to undertake the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with disability . The Terms of Reference for...
Discussion paper

Tackling long-term youth unemployment

The incidence of young people in long-term unemployment continues to increase. Contemporary research and discussion is lacking in detailed strategies and interventions to specifically assist this group. This paper highlights the experiences and issues of young people in long-term unemployment by presenting data trends, reviewing...

Briefing note: tax concessions by age

The Australia Institute has released data from modelling commissioned from NATSEM together with ATO statistics which show that young Australians are receiving little benefit from three of the budget’s most expensive tax concessions. The research shows Australians under 30 years of age receive only 6.4%...

Labour force, Australia: Jun 2015

Contains estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force. Key points Trend Estimates (Monthly Change) Employment increased to 11,767,200. Unemployment decreased to 753,800. Unemployment rate remained steady at...

Labour force, Australia, May 2015

Contains estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force. Key points Trend estimates (monthly change): Employment increased to 11,747,200. Unemployment decreased to 756,300. Unemployment rate decreased less than...

National prevalence survey of age discrimination in the workplace

The longevity revolution is underway, inexorably. The number of Australians aged 65 and over is projected to more than double by 2055, when there will be around 40,000 people aged 100 and over. Life expectancy continues to increase. In 2055, men can expect to live...

Advisory panel on the economic potential of senior Australians: Government response

In April 2011 the federal government established an Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians to ensure the potential of the older members of our community is considered in a range of policy debates. The objective behind establishing the Panel was to identify...