Employing mature age workers


For business, a work culture that supports older workers can lead to improved productivity, competitiveness and client satisfaction.

How well does your organisation employ older workers?

Investing in Experience Tool Kit

Use this tool from the Investing in Experience Tool Kit to discover how effectively your organisation manages mature age workers.

The questions in the self-assessment tool are based on best practice benchmarks.

Australian Human Rights Commission Free training: Employing older workers

The Commission has developed an online training course that aims to increase awareness of the benefits of employing older people and highlights practical ways to foster engagement and retention with older employees. The course is free, and available to eligible employers in NSW.Government assistance for employers.

Government assistance for employers

Restart wage subsidy

The Restart wage subsidy is a financial incentive (up to $10,000 inc GST) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years and over.

They contribute skills and experience, reliability, strong work ethic and communication skills.

Watch some videos below of businesses that have successfully used the Restart subsidy.

jobactive retrained my mature age employee into a new field

Colin Johns, Managing Director of Transformer Services, talks about hiring a mature age employee through Restart.

Watch Colin's video

Attributes of mature age workers - Metro Filters

Patrick Phang,Manager of Metro Filters, has hired mature age employees through Restart and says their responsibility, punctuality and job pride is second to none.

Watch Patrick's video

Mature age worker brings life skills to Care Options

Sheilah Cummins, CEO of Care Options, hired a mature age employee through the Restart who brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background to their organisation.

Watch Sheilah's video

Restart - Firestorm Motorcycles

Sam Hurley, owner of Firestorm Motorcycles, hired Brett – a mature aged worker who had the perfect skillset and passion in e-commerce and motorbikes.

Watch Sam's video

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help your employee build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

Filling a vacancy

Jobs Hub

If you are hiring, particularly scaling up your workforce, we can connect you quickly with the support you need to get your workforce on board.

For more information, visit the department's Jobs Hub website.


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As an employer, you can use a local jobactive provider for tailored recruitment services, at no cost to you.

For more information, visit the jobactive - help for employers to find staff page.