Older Australians workforce barriers review

An ALRC review of Commonwealth legislation and policies that create barriers for older people participating in the workforce or other productive work has started.


“Older Australians have much to offer our workforce and this review will look at how we can best utilise their expertise, enthusiasm and energy,” Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said.


“The Gillard Government believes that people of all ages should be able to participate in Australian life and that people of any age should not be prevented from contributing in the workforce or elsewhere.


“Age discrimination has a significant social impact on older people so I look forward to this review providing recommendations on how we can support older Australians to continue participating in society.”


In undertaking the review, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) will consider all relevant Commonwealth legislative that either directly or indirectly imposes limitations on older persons from participating including superannuation, employment, insurance, compensation and social security law.


The inquiry will be led by ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher and assisted by Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Susan Ryan.


The inquiry will contribute to meeting the Government’s commitment within Australia’s Human Rights Framework to review existing legislation for consistency with Australia’s human rights obligations.


The Ageing Inquiry formally commenced on 12 March 2012 and the Commission will finalise a report within 12 months. The terms of reference for the review can be found within the Attorney-General's Department website www.ag.gov.au at http://www.ag.gov.au/Humanrightsandantidiscrimination/Pages/Agediscrimination.aspx.


13 March 2012.