Our Project

The Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing and Research (CEPAR) is collaborating with interested organisations in new research into the mature workforce. This project aims to identify and develop successful work policies and practices that support the attraction, retention and engagement of mature workers. This will in turn benefit not only organisations as a whole, but also teams and individual employees.

Boosting mature labour force participation rates:

  • Is critical for the national economy

  • Can give your organisation a competitive edge

  • Helps ensure meaningful and flexible work for mature workers

We can help your company identify opportunities for establishing or expanding on your age diversity initiatives.

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Research Focus

There is an urgent need for research into how to attract, retain and engage mature workers.


We want to collaborate with organisations who are keen to address the crucial challenges associated with work and ageing.


Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, we customise the tools, techniques, and measures to best fit your organisation’s needs.


Five ways your organisation can benefit.


Australian employers are reluctant to hire older workers


Older workers would stay in workforce if they had flexible work


Employers lose key skills/knowledge with older worker departures


Employers cite experience as main advantage of recruiting older workers

“The two big questions are:

  1. How do we ‘keep’ mature aged workers in work?
  2. If mature workers stay in work, how do we maximise their productivity and their health?”
Prof. Sharon Parker, Chief Investigator

Latest Publications

Some of the latest published research from CEPAR is shown below.

Population Ageing

Population ageing is unprecedented, pervasive, enduring and profound. This fact sheet provides an introduction to the concepts, definitions, issues and projections.

“Australian women have a distinctive work pattern over the course of their lives, one that is quite different to men’s.
Whether by choice or constraint, women in Australia manage their child-care and elder-care responsibilities with part-time work, or departure from the workforce.”
— Prof. Marian Baird AO, Chief Investigator

“Ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength!”

BETTY FRIEDAN (1921-2006)

Stakeholder Reference Group

The following organisations are helping to steer the direction of the research being conducted by Research Stream 3, Organisations and the Mature Workforce:

  • Carers NSW
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Safe Work Australia
  • GHD

The Mature Workers in Organisations Project

We can help your organisation identify opportunities for establishing or
expanding on your age diversity initiatives.

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