Mature Age Hub

Life expectancy for Australians has increased over 30 years in the past 100 years. This longer life expectancy means we can, and are, working longer.

Businesses value older workers as they can bring extensive life and work experience, knowledge and skills as well as filling gaps in mentoring and coaching.

There are however barriers to employment for many older Australians, including age discrimination, health concerns, juggling carer needs and the requirement to upskill in a changing jobs market.

Many organisations are working to remove these barriers by offering flexible hours, including age in their diversity policies and assisting workers to transition roles by re-skilling.

The government is also working to remove these obstacles by introducing training and incentives specifically for Australian workers over 45 years. You will find further detail on these and links to research throughout these pages.

Videos

The following is a list of all the videos that are associated with Mature Age Hub.

  • Transferable skills

    Watch Transferable skills
    The nature and types of jobs in Australia is changing. 30 years ago manufacturing was the largest employing industry in Australian. Today three in four Australians are employed in a service industry.
  • Restart - Firestorm Motorcycles

    Watch 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. “Brett’s been an asset from day one. He’s diligent, committed, and has all the attributes that any business owner would appreciate.”
  • Mature Age employment - Changing careers at any age

    Watch Mature Age employment - Changing careers at any age
    Matt has some advice for mature age job seekers about the challenges of changing industries and rewards of finding a job you love.
  • 7 digital skills you need to know

    Watch 7 digital skills you need to know
    90% of jobs require digital and computer skills. That’s why it’s important to get tech-savvy and equipped for modern workplaces. Here’s 7 digital skills you need to know.
  • jobactive help find skilled mature age employees

    Watch jobactive help find skilled mature age employees
    Andrew Thomas helps run CB Ideal Tapware and says that mature age workers have the technical skills that can guide some of the younger staff.
  • Support for businesses who hire mature age workers

    Watch Support for businesses who hire mature age workers
    Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, the Hon Susan Ryan, shares insight about the benefits that mature age workers can bring to your business. Dedication, experience and willingness to train younger workers are some of the things she touches on, plus a wage subsidy of up to $10,000.
  • Mature age worker brings life skills to Care Options

    Watch Mature age worker brings life skills to Care Options
    Sheilah Cummins, CEO of Care Options, hired a mature age employee through the jobactive Restart programme, and she brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background to their organisation.
  • jobactive retrained my mature age employee into a new field

    Watch 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 the jobactive Restart programme. jobactive provided training to this employee, who Colin says is very loyal, keen and a good trainer for younger staff.
  • Attributes of mature age workers - Metro Filters

    Watch Attributes of mature age workers - Metro Filters
    Patrick Phang is the Manager of Metro Filters. They have hired mature age employees through the jobactive Restart programme and says their responsibility, punctuality and job pride is second to none.