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Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation by tek31120

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Australian Government
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation

What funding is the Government committing?
The Government is committing $1 million over five years to establish a Consultative
Forum on Mature Age Participation and for research and evaluation to help build an
evidence base around strengthening the workforce participation of mature age
people. The research will complement and support the work of the Forum.

When will it start?
The Forum will commence in the first half of 2010.

What is the purpose of the Forum?
The Forum will provide Government with advice on evidence-based and practical
solutions to address barriers to employment participation for mature age people,
particularly in the context of the transition to the new Age Pension qualifying age.

The Forum will examine issues including employer and community attitudes toward
mature age people, age-based discrimination, re-skilling and career transitions,
mentoring, suitability of training, and retaining the expertise of older workers. A suite
of research projects will complement and support the work of the Forum.

Improving participation rates for mature age workers is one of the long-term
challenges identified for our economy in Australia to 2050: future challenges, the
2010 intergenerational report.

Who will sit on the Forum?
The Forum will be chaired by Mr Everald Compton AM, Chair and Director of the
National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre. The Forum will include
representatives of seniors’ groups, (National Seniors Australia, Council on the
Ageing), the Australian Council of Trade Unions, employers/industry groups, the
National Employment Services Association and other key stakeholders. The
Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination, Ms Elizabeth Broderick will also
sit on the Forum. The work of the Forum will be supported by consultation with
academics and other experts.

When will the Forum meet?
The Forum will meet for the first time in 2010, with three meetings per year in
2010-11 and 2011-12.

More information?
Information about the Forum will be made available through the Jobwise website
www.jobwise.gov.au (click on ‘Productive Ageing Package’)

								
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