Mature age employment: overcoming barriers

Mature age employment, re-employment and underemployment

  • Mature aged job-seekers are defined as 45 years of age or more
  • Mature aged unemployment and underemployment are serious concerns in Australia
  • What are the perceptions of the relative importance of work-related skills and attributes for mature age job seekers
  • What is your feedback on policies designed to increase mature aged workforce participation?
  • Are the perceived attributes of  mature age workforce  of reliability, punctuality and competence still valued?
  • Are there wage related factors  barriers to their re-employment
  • What is the success of mature age recruitment organisations?
  • Who are the age-friendly employers?
  • Success stories in mature age employment how can we celebrate them

How does Australia rank with Mature Age workforce participation against the rest of the OECD, is there room for improvement? From an national economic, personal and social impact it is essential to raise the workforce participation rate of Mature Age employers in Australia. We want to hear your thoughts on this at a  Long Term Unemployment conference.  

From current job listings, some organisations actively seek  mature age workers. Employers are looking for reliable, experienced workers 45+ as they  increase their applicant pool by attracting older workers while giving their business an edge of experience and diversity.

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The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014 is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment [Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous, Disability, Regional] . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association; an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.

Call for Papers is now open, we welcome abstract submissions on mental health, anxiety, stress and other health and social issues related to long term unemployment.