Review Underway of Workforce Limitations on Older Australians
14 March 2012 at 11:21 am
A review of Commonwealth legislation and policies that prevent older people from participating in the workforce or other productive work has started in Canberra.
The inquiry, being undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), will review obstacles faced by older persons in actively participating in the workforce, and the desirability of reviewing Commonwealth laws to remove any limitations, according to the terms of reference.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said that older Australians have much to offer the workforce.
“This review will look at how we can best utilise their expertise, enthusiasm and energy,” Roxon said.
“The 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.”
Roxon said that the review 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 inquiry will be led by ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher and assisted by Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan. Ryan was appointed to the ALRC as a part-time Commissioner in July 2011.
The inquiry formally commenced on March 12, 2012 and the Commission is due to finalise a report within 12 months.
“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,” Roxon said.