Brotherhood of St Laurence

Submission to Australian Human Rights Commission : Willing to Work : National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australian with a Disability

By: Brotherhood of St Laurence
Contributor(s): Bowman, Dina | Kimberley, Helen
Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Description: 19 p. PDFSubject(s): Age And Employment | Disabled Employment | Age Discrimination In Employment | Labour Market | SubmissionsOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
List(s) this item appears in: Disability - BSL | Disability - employment
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December 2015

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) welcomes the Australian Human Rights Commission National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability and is pleased to make a submission to the Inquiry. Our submission focuses on matureage workers and jobseekers. The submission considers questions raised in the Issues Paper that most closely relate to the BSL’s research and practical experience, specifically: 1 What policies, workplace practices, programs or incentives assist with increasing participation of older workers? How adequate are these policies, practices or incentives? What is the role of Government, peak business and employee groups, and individual employers? 3 What other data or information is available on employment discrimination against older workers? 7 What are the distinct challenges faced by certain groups of older Australians (e.g. women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or LGBTI people) in relation to employment discrimination? The submission has the following structure: • Part 2 provides an overview of the labour market situation of mature-age Australians, highlighting the rising number of mature-age jobseekers on Newstart Allowance, the high rates of long-term unemployment and underemployment and the associated consequences. • Part 3 considers the nature and extent of employment discrimination against older Australians, and how ageism is experienced differently by different groups of older workers depending on their gender and occupation. • Part 4 provides an analysis of the role of recruitment agencies and employment services as labour market intermediaries between employers and older workers. The submission calls for Government policies on ageing and employment to be refocused on addressing the prevalence of long term unemployment among mature-age adults who are still many years from reaching the (current) pension eligibility age. This includes developing robust policy frameworks to combat the pervasiveness of ageism in the labour market and to address the systematic barriers to accessing recruitment and employment services experienced by older adults.

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