Ageism and age discrimination are particularly significant in the area of employment, despite human rights and anti-discrimination legislation being in force. We need to ensure people are able to work for as long as they need and want to. This is not only an issue of the human rights of Queenslanders. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission it also has significant health, financial and economic, and social impacts.
Older workers are no less productive than younger workers, and have accumulated large skill sets and experience which, when not utilised through unemployment, have an adverse economic impact on the community.
We believe action is needed to address ageism and discriminatory practices within employing organisations, but also within education to change the attitudes and practices of future employers. Solutions for age-inclusion should be co-designed with employers and HR professionals, the education sector, and mature job seekers.
We also encourage and support programs to upskill and reskill workers who need or wish to change careers. This includes supports and education for employers looking to assist workers to reskill or update their qualifications.