Age discrimination



Defining and identifying hate motives: bias indicators for the Australian context

This report presents bias indicators for the Australian context and discusses their concept, uses, benefits and risks. The bias indicators presented are the result of extensive consultations with local experts, including academics and practitioners working in law enforcement agencies, government and non-government organisations and community...
Discussion paper

Towards a United Nations Convention on the Human Rights of Older Persons: a discussion paper

This discussion paper argues that a new, international treaty on the human rights of older persons is urgently needed, and calls on the Australian government to support this goal and participate actively in helping to bring it about.

Older persons deprived of liberty

This report examines what deprivation of liberty means from the perspective of older persons and how it affects the full enjoyment of their human rights; analyses some of the underlying causes of deprivation of liberty of older persons; highlights the human rights challenges and risks...
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.

The Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index: 2022 report

The Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index provides evidence that can help track progress and evaluate initiatives to improve social inclusion broadly in Australia. This document reports on the first six waves of data collection. The first wave was collected in May 2017, and the most...

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.

The Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index: 2021 report

Social inclusion in Australia has proven remarkably resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australians were surveyed after the height of the pandemic in December 2020, confirming that disasters do bring people closer together.

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.

The Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index: 2019 report

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...

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...
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...

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...

Realising the economic potential of senior Australians: turning grey into gold

The Economic Potential of Senior Australians Advisory Panel presented the third and final report to the Hon Wayne Swan MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer on 12 December 2011. In this final report, the panel has made recommendations in areas it has found to be...
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.