Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Senator for Western Australia
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Member for Hasluck
15 May 2018
The Australian Government is making a strong investment in Australia’s future through the More Choices for a Longer Life package to help people remain independent, healthy and connected through their later years.
A range of jobs and skills measures will give older Australians the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of work for as long as they choose.
These measures include:
- Skills and Training Incentive to encourage lifelong learning and help workers aged 45–70 years to gain new skills
- bringing forward the national rollout of the Career Transition Assistance program and lowering the eligibility to 45 to 49 year-olds to help older Australians increase their job readiness and, if required, develop digital literacy
- Job Change initiatives to help retrenched older Australians find new jobs
- expanding the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to 20 additional locations to encourage entrepreneurship and new business establishment among older Australians
- a Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment to promote among employers the benefits of hiring mature age workers
- ensuring the Restart wage subsidy continues to be available to hire older Australians.
Minister Cash said that our strong economy created jobs at record levels in 2017, but we must ensure all Australians have the opportunity to participate.
“We recognise the contribution older Australians make to our community, the economic benefits of their experience and, in many cases, their desire to continue working,” Minister Cash said.
“As we get older we may need to update our skills or change careers. The Government’s More Choices for a Longer Life package will help older Australians to remain in the workforce, have flexibility in their later working years and retire with security.”
Minister Wyatt said that older Australians have so much to contribute to the workforce.
“We can’t afford to let mature age Australians disappear from the labour market,” Minister Wyatt said. “They have much offer employers, through their dedication, experience and the knowledge they can pass on to younger colleagues.
“Opportunities for older Australians to participate in the workforce are becoming increasingly important, as we live longer and healthier lives.”
He said the jobs and skills measures complemented the employment, health and finance checks for 45 and 65 year olds that will be rolled out as part of the More Choices for a Longer Life package.
“This is about increasing options for all Australians as they age,” said Minister Wyatt.
“Having the choice and support to remain connected to work helps pave the way for a more sustainable financial future and a fulfilling retirement.”
More information about the More Choices for a Longer Life package is available on the website.
Minister Cash: Rachelle Miller 0475 804 886
Minister Wyatt: Nick Way 0419 835 449