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.
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:
- How do we ‘keep’ mature aged workers in work?
- If mature workers stay in work, how do we maximise their productivity and their health?”
“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.”
Some of the latest published research from CEPAR is shown below.
“Promoting and encouraging optimal work practices and policies that support generational diversity, and recognising the unique contributions of age diverse individuals is a key part of our Diversity & Inclusion strategy. Our ongoing collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is helping to recalibrate our thinking in this space, through data, personnel and other resources.”
“LGIS are excited to collaborate with CEPAR. The project will help our members identify factors that impact mature workers, and provide recommendations to improve practices, policies and design to support these workers. WA Local Governments are diverse organisations which makes CEPAR’s customised approach the perfect fit for LGIS and our members.”
“Ageing is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength!”
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
CEPAR collaboration with Chinese aged care group Lvkang
Zhejiang Lvkang Medical Care Group (Lvkang), located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China, formed a research partnership with Australian researchers within CEPAR in March 2019. This multi-disciplinary project is led in Stream 3 (Mature Workers in Organisations) by Dr. Gretchen (Gigi) Petery (Curtin University) in collaboration with Dr. Bei Lu (UNSW) from Stream 1 (Macro-Demographic Dynamics and Population Ageing Policy).
Dr Gigi Petery and Dr Bei Lu visiting Lvkang in March 2019.
Lvkang aged care home
Founded in 2006, Lvkang has positioned itself as an pioneer in Chinese senior care and has received numerous awards and distinctions for its care and business practices. Lvkang’s Chairman Zhuo Yongyue is committed to using rigorous research to guide workplace innovation. Findings from CEPAR’s recent employ survey are being used to shape interventions aimed at enhancing the work design of Lvkang’s ageing and age diverse workforce. CEPAR is excited to continue this valuable partnership and hope results from this project will be used to inform policy and practice in the high-growth, in-demand field of aged care.
The Mature Workers in Organisations Project
We can help your organisation identify opportunities for establishing or
expanding on your age diversity initiatives.