Mature Age employment is defined as employment over the age of 50 years. Many older Australians want to continue to work but find it difficult to get work if they have become made redundant or otherwise become unemployed, often deliberately targeted in redundancy. COTA advocates forcefully removing barriers to a longer working life for Australians and the right of older Australians to work on as long as they wish and are able, including measures to enable that. We support and advocate for employment policies that encourage and support mature age people to work under flexible arrangements, enabling them to change the nature and extent of their labour force participation. There is an substantial degree of international consensus about the need for a longer working life often called active or productive ageing. Some older people and their advocates argue for it as a right, on the basis of the economic, social and health benefits it offers to some older workers.
The ALRC does not propose to make any changes to activity test requirements for those aged 55 years and older. However, the ALRC asks for stakeholder comment about whether changes to the withdrawal rate for Newstart Allowance for recipients aged 55 years and older would have an effect on incentives for workforce participation. Job seekers aged 55 years and over have a concessional activity test option: they may satisfy the activity test if they undertake at least 30 hours per fortnight of approved and suitable voluntary work, paid work including self-employment or a combination of the two.
Learn more about the employer support payment offered by the Back to Work program. Learn more about Restart and check eligibility criteria on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website, or phone the Employer Hotline on 13 17 General enquiries: 13 QGOV 13 74 Home Running a business Employing people Taking on staff Employing mature age workers Financial support for employing mature age workers. Employing mature age workers.