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
“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.”
“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.”
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