Living Longer. Living Better.
New Steps to Realise the Potential of Senior Australians
New InitiativesThe Government response includes a number of specific new initiatives, such as:
- Supporting employers through the Corporate Champions initiative to recruit and retain an older workforce.
- A new $1,000 jobs bonus for employers who recruit and retain a mature age job seeker.
- Expanding and rebranding the More Help for Mature AgeWorkers initiative to allow industries to benefit from improving the skills of their over 50s workforce.
- Extending the Career Advice Service for two years to ensure mature age people have access to free, professional career advice.
- Promoting lifelong learning through a new grants program to expand educational opportunities to senior Australians.
- Provide additional funding to the Age Discrimination Commissioner to address stereotyping and discrimination of older Australians.
- A new ongoing Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing to consult with communities and seniors on a range of issues and help drive the Government’s ageing agenda.
- The Government will be reviewing whether existing Commonwealth laws ensure adequate liability protection for volunteers who wish to give back to the community.
- The Government will continue to engage with industry on issues surrounding the provision of travel insurance for senior Australians.
The Advisory Panel’s seven themes:
- An Active Ageing Agenda will provide an overall strategy to maximise the potential of an ageing population.
- Housing, particularly home environments, are fundamental to older people’s capacity to participate in society.
- As they reach retirement older workers may wish to participate in the workforce longer.
- Lifelong learning increases the employability and productivity of older workers.
- Senior Australians contribute the highest number of volunteer hours of any age group and make substantial contributions to philanthropic endeavours.
- Age discrimination and stereotyping of older people acts as a barrier to senior Australians realising their potential.