Work & careers

The 'farewell career'

If you’ve retired and are regretting the decision, the aged care sector could offer a new opportunity, writes National Seniors’ Chief Advocate Ian Henschke.

Australia’s population is ageing. The fastest growing demographic is the 85+ cohort, which is expected to quadruple by 2050. Recent studies also highlight that more than 90 per cent of older Australians plan to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Back to the future: the rise of mature age interns

Peter Brady was 68 when he decided to start the transition to retirement. His plan was to switch from full-time work to casual contracts so he’d have more time to spend with his family and to study.

However, the former CEO of Autism ACT soon hit a snag: age discrimination.

“I found if I submitted my full CV, I wouldn't get an interview," he said.

Queensland budget holds little joy for seniors

Queensland’s budget contained little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention measures on the plus side offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program, National Seniors Australia said today.

The 2018/19 state budget contained $900,000 for the previously announced roll-out of seniors’ legal and support services to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay.

Think about a career in aged care, says minister

Young Australians are being urged to consider careers in the rapidly growing aged care sector.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said strong, long-term demand and the promise of new professional pathways made the sector an ideal employment choice.

“We are entering a golden age of ageing,” Mr Wyatt said.

A $5 billion increase in aged care funding over the next four years, announced in last week’s Federal Budget, would drive even more career growth across the sector, he said.

The highs and lows of the 'Baby Boomer budget'

This week’s Federal Budget has delivered a mixed bag of initiatives for older Australians, according to National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke.

Mr Henschke said what was promoted as a “budget for Baby Boomers” fell short of expectations, but wasn’t without some bright spots.

The National Seniors policy team has put together the following summary of the budget from the perspective of seniors.

Employment

Unemployed older people turn to volunteering

Older Australians often turned to volunteering if they were out of work or had suffered age discrimination in the workplace, a new survey has shown.

The Benevolent Society’s Dr Kirsty Nowlan said many older people who were not in paid employment often became volunteers because they believed they had more to contribute.

In its recent survey of 1,005 Australians aged 50 and over, the society found 60 per cent of respondents had encountered ageism on the job or while job seeking.

More evidence of entrenched workplace age discrimination

New research has revealed more evidence of entrenched ageism against older workers but most felt powerless to stop it.

Not-for-profit charity The Benevolent Society said a survey of 1,005 people aged 50 and over nationwide showed two thirds did nothing to end the discrimination – they just put up with it.

Of the people surveyed, 93 per cent were working, with half employed fulltime and half part-time.

Pensioners want to work longer without penalty

National Seniors is calling on the Federal Government to raise the Work Bonus for Age Pensioners to $10,000 a year without them losing any of their benefits.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said National Seniors’ research showed the key issue confronting the majority (51 per cent) of full age pensioners was its adequacy to cover the cost of living.

Many were willing and able to work part-time but a loss of pension income was a major disincentive.

Aged care industry urged to back education and training

The aged care industry and consumers are being urged to support a newly-established Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and nominate for membership to help ensure the future high quality of aged care.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) chair Professor John Pollaers said the Aged Care IRC should be an industry-driven group, with membership reflecting the diversity of the sector, particularly in the areas of palliative care, dementia, nursing, mental health, functional health and pharmacy, as well as including employee representatives and providers.

Call for more age-friendly workplaces

Australians could have longer careers and stay healthier in later life if workplaces were more age-friendly and promoted healthy lifestyles to their employees, according to a new study.

Lead researcher of the study by the Australian National University (ANU), Dr Cathy Gong, said people who had a sense of control over their environment and life changes enjoyed better wellbeing.

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