Age discrimination


Conference paper

How age and gender shape Australia’s vision of roads

This paper explores the potential application of the Social Licence to Operate the Road System (SLORS) to assist in determining the public’s support, tolerance, or opposition to road policy issues for different age and gender groups.

Generation expendable? Older women workers in the pandeconomy

Understanding the importance of secure, safe and flexible work as women age, this research project sought to benchmark work outcomes and conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide a platform for less heard voices.

What's age got to do with it?

This report identifies stereotypes, attitudes and beliefs about age that prevail in Australia, and captures some of the ways in which people in Australia understand and experience their impacts.

State of the (older) nation 2021

This report on the experiences and views of Older Australians tells a story of an older generation often experiencing ageism, who less often perceive themselves as happy, healthy, financially secure or connected to community.

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.

Global report on ageism

This report outlines a framework for action to reduce ageism including specific recommendations for different actors. It brings together the best available evidence on the nature and magnitude of ageism, its determinants and its impact. The report also outlines what strategies work to prevent and...

Opinions and experiences of unequal pay and pay transparency

This report presents the results of a survey completed with a nationally representative sample of New Zealanders in order to establish their opinions and experiences of unequal pay and pay transparency in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Community co-design of digital interventions for primary prevention of ageism and elder abuse

This report evaluates the consultation and co-design processes used to create the digital intervention and how this methodology impacted on the creation of the approach to storytelling about ageism as a driver of elder abuse.

Measuring social inclusion

The Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index provides a unique overview of social inclusion in Australia by covering a wider array of social inclusion issues in one index.
Fact sheet

Legal protections for mature workers

This fact sheet outlines the national and state legislation that protects mature workers from discrimination and upholds their right to seek flexible work arrangements. It also addresses the way workplace health and safety laws can be uniquely relevant to older Australians.

Multigenerational workforces: a guide to the rights of older workers under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)

This guide is issued under section 53(1)(f) of the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) (the Act). It is designed to provide employers and other work providers with information about the operation of the Act and provide practical guidance about promoting the inclusion of older workers...
Journal article

A compromised balance? A comparative examination of exceptions to age discrimination law in Australia and the UK

Drawing on case studies of exceptions to age discrimination law in Australia and the UK, this article considers the normative position on age equality law that emerges from these legal boundaries.

Ageism isn’t the only barrier keeping older workers out of jobs

This article is based on 'What’s age got to do with it? Towards a new advocacy on ageing and work', a report recently published by Per Capita.

Why are we abusing our parents? The ugly facts of family violence and ageism

Although population ageing is overwhelmingly a good thing, representing a healthier population overall and a longer more productive lifespan for most, it also means an increase in elder abuse. There is little public awareness of the extent and nature of elder abuse. Consequently, it is...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Is workplace discrimination against older people costing $10 billion a year?

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan claims Australia is losing about $10 billion a year by failing to employ more people over the age of 55.

Ageism in travel insurance

This project aims to examine whether older Australians face age discrimination when purchasing travel insurance products, through an understanding of their experiences with travel insurance and analysis of selected travel insurance offerings. Two phases of consumer research were undertaken to explore the attitudes and experiences...
Conference paper

Hope I die before I get old: the state of play for housing liveability in Australia

This paper presents a findings on a study of the mass-market house building industry in Australia that appears reticent to incorporate inclusiveness and universal design principles into project homes.

The elephant in the room: age discrimination in employment

Why are we overlooking older workers? This report, conducted for National Seniors Australia by the late Professor Sol Encel, explores that question and the results are not pretty. It finds that age discrimination is widespread - in recruitment, in promotion, and during times of retrenchment...

Age discrimination - exposing the hidden barrier for mature age workers

The purpose of this paper is to look at and raise awareness of the issues of ageism and unlawful age discrimination against mature age workers within the workplace. It is a form of discrimination that appears to sit quietly – it can go unnoticed and...