What’s Age Got To Do With It? Towards a New Advocacy on Ageing and Work

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Professor Philip Taylor, Research Fellow at Per Capita will be discussing “What’s age got to do with it? Towards a new advocacy on ageing and work”.

Towards a New Advocacy on Ageing and Work
Philip Taylor

Current Australian public policy is inadequate if the nation wishes to make the best use of its ageing workforce. Present approaches to both public policy and advocacy have the potential to be harmful in terms of their response to age barriers in society. A piecemeal set of measures lacking legitimacy have emerged, with objectives that lack a road-map for how they will be achieved.

Drawing on an extensive literature review and analysis of the ABS Social Survey this paper attempts to offer a fresh approach, challenging the basis of the present advocacy on ageing and work. Against a background of apparent age inequality in the Australian labour market affecting both young and old, recent efforts aimed at overcoming barriers affecting older people are considered and critiqued.

The paper offers a framework for developing public policy on age and work, proposing principles against which the legitimacy of actions should be tested.

The framework has three elements:

1. A need for a life course perspective when considering the issue;

2. A requirement to remove a tendency towards ageism from public policy and age advocacy; and

3. A need for a critical stance on the present public policy emphasis on prolonging working lives.

The 2017 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Mantra Legends on the Gold Coast from Thursday the 16th to Friday the 17th of November 2017.  It will be a platform for policy makers, academics, employers, human resource managers, recruitment services, association and “not-for-profit” representatives.

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