More than 35 business and industry leaders met in Hobart today to look at ways to tackle age discrimination and get more mature-age Tasmanians in the workforce.
Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis convened the forum as one of a series of Australian Government initiatives to support Tasmanian jobs.
“We are bringing initiatives like the Hobart Jobs and Skills Expo and today’s forum to Tasmania to help support more Tasmanians who want to work to find a good job,” Minister Ellis said.
“We know there are 3.8 million mature-aged workers across Australia – many of them who want to work, but face barriers breaking into the workforce.
“While there are more than 76,000 mature-age Tasmanians in the workforce we want to see this figure grow.
“Research shows mature-aged workers save their employers $2000 a year – they are more reliable, cost less to recruit, and take fewer sick days.
“Despite this mature-aged Tasmanians looking for work are unemployed for 65 weeks on average, more than 15 weeks longer than their younger counterparts.”
Minister Ellis joined the Member for Lyons, Dick Adams at the Hobart Corporate Champions forum to encourage more local employers to commit to best practice in hiring and retaining workers aged 45 years and over.
“Too often I hear from mature-aged workers in the local area who want to work but are faced with barriers when trying to secure a job – this program will help tear down these barriers,” Mr Adams said.
Minister Ellis also today announced 14 industry, business and employee groups will help deliver Corporate Champion seminars across Australia.
“I’m really proud that some of Australia’s top business and employment organisations will work with the Australian Government to link mature-age workers with more than 250 Australian businesses under our $15 million Corporate Champions program.”
Businesses that sign up to be a Corporate Champion benefit from assistance including:
- priority access to the Jobs Bonus of $1000 available to 2500 employers who recruit mature-age job seekers each financial year until 2016.
- up to $10,000 to access an industry expert to help improve their workforce planning and recruitment strategies.
- up to $4400 per employer for a skills assessment and training through the ‘Investing in Experience—Skills Recognition and Training’ program.
“On top of this we’ve also already delivered more than 10,000 free career advice sessions since July 2010 through the Experience+ Career Advice service,” Ms Ellis said.
“We’ve also appointed Susan Ryan AO as the first Age Discrimination Commissioner and increased funding to support her work with the Australian Human Rights Commission.”
If you are a mature-age worker and you want advice call 13 17 64 or visit www.deewr.gov.au/experienceplus