Attorney-General George Brandis today announced that the Australian Human Rights Commission will launch ‘Willing to Work,’ which will inquire into employment discrimination against older Australians and Australians with a disability.
We welcome this Inquiry, but note it is long overdue. We also look forward to the release of the Report that will be associated with the Inquiry, which is due for release in July 2016.
Beyond the Inquiry we want to see action to drive change. We hope that this Inquiry prompts all employers to look at the hiring practices.
“When COTA NSW surveys older people they invariably report alarming levels of workplace discrimination. Increasingly, people report they feel age discrimination starts kicking in at 50 or 55. This is alarming for many reasons, including the fact that the pension age will soon rise to 70. If people start being shunted out of the workforce at 50, how will they survive,” asks Ian Day, COTA NSW CEO.
“From a business perspective it’s perverse that employers fail to employ such a big part of the population.
After all, over 33% of the population is aged 50-plus. How can employers expect to meet the needs of this segment of the market if they fail to employ them?”
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