ALRC wants new plan put in action to help senior workers

THE Australian Law Reform Commission has called for the establishment of a National Mature Age Workforce Participation Plan to help older people remain in the workforce.

A number of legal barriers to older people participating in the workforce are identified in the report Access All Ages-Older Workers and Commonwealth Laws.

It makes recommendations across a range of areas including superannuation, social security, employment, insurance and compensation law.

The participation plan is the key recommendation in the plan, with the other recommendations designed as specific strategies in its implementation.

Those recommendations include:

  • A coordinated policy response to enable mature age workforce participation.
  • Consistency across federal and state.
  • A reduction in age discrimination.
  • A greater awareness of mature age workers' rights and entitlements.

Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said the government was already acting on a key recommendation contained in the report.

"We have before the Parliament, legislation which amends the Fair Work Act to provide a right to request flexible working arrangements for mature-age employees and those with caring responsibilities," Mr Shorten said.

"The Gillard Government has also abolished the Super Guarantee maximum age limit, enabling employees aged 70 and over to contribute to their retirement savings for the first time."

The full report can be viewed at