Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment

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The Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment (the Partnership) raises awareness of age discrimination among employers, promotes the benefits of employing older workers and helps employers to manage an age-diverse workforce.

The Partnership was established in 2018 and includes the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the Age Discrimination Commissioner, business peak bodies and other experts.

Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

A message from the Chair

the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

It is my great pleasure to Chair the Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment (the Partnership).

Mature age Australians have a valuable contribution to make to the workplace.

Research shows that employers speak highly of the skills and experience mature age people offer and particularly value their reliability, strong work ethic and communication skills.

We understand older job seekers who want to work may need assistance to modernise or transition their existing skillset to re-enter the workforce.

The partnership is working cooperatively, using data and the breadth of the collaborative members to increase the likelihood of older workers having appropriate work in their local area.

The Mature Age Employment hub has been created to provide assistance to both employers and mature age jobseekers and workers. I encourage you to utilise the tools and information available on this hub and to provide any feedback to MatureAgeEmploymentCollaborativePartnership@dese.gov.au

The Hon DR Kay Patterson AO
Age Discrimination Commissioner


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Collaborative Partnership Members include:

  • Accommodation Association of Australia
  • Australian Banking Association
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
  • Australian Hotels Association
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Australian Industry Group
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Australian Retailers Association
  • Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
  • Business Council of Australia
  • Council of the Ageing Australia
  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Every Age Counts
  • National Seniors Australia
  • Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association
  • Regional Australia Institute
  • Small Business Association of Australia
  • The Brotherhood of St Laurence