PAIN OF OLDER JOBSEEKERS
TASSIE WORKFORCE DISCRIMINATION
TASMANIAN job seekers are facing age discrimination and with growing pressure to stay in the workforce longer it is time the Federal Government stepped in, say equal opportunity and age advocates.
“Age discrimination is still rife in Australia,” Council of the Ageing Australia head Ian Yates said recently.
Doors were even closed to older workers who had reskilled, Mr Yates said.
“In many cases the preva- lence and complexity of age discrimination means that skilled and technologically savvy mature age workers will still be locked out of jobs,” he said.
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt said that in 2015-16, Equal Opportunity Tasmania received 10 complaints in relation to allegations of discrimination in the area of age/employment.
“If a person believes that the reason they were unsuccessful in securing employment was due to their age I would encourage them to lodge a complaint,” Ms Bolt said.
By the year 2030, it is estimated a quarter of Tasmania’s population will be over 65.
Labor force data shows the participation rate in Tasmania declines sharply after 55 and was lower than the national average for all age groups over 45 years.
In its submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work Inquiry, Equal Opportunity Tasmania said it was “clear that older Tasmanians experience high rates of discrimination in employment, including being turned down for positions, on the basis of their age”.