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Age Discrimination

4th National Elder Abuse Conference

Good morning.

I would like to start by acknowledging and paying my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, and their elders past and present.

I congratulate the Attorney General, the Hon George Brandis QC on his opening remarks and I hope we all accept the challenges he has set us to find effective ways of tackling the widespread and damaging incidence of elder abuse throughout the Australian community.

Willing to Work - Booklet 4: what you can do about employment discrimination


Willing to Work - Booklet 3: employment and Australians with disability


Willing to Work - Booklet 2: employment and older Australians


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National prevalence survey of age discrimination in the workplace 2015


The Longevity Revolution – Crisis or Opportunity?

National Press Club Address

Fact or fiction? Stereotypes of older Australians

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Explore a fact sheet that outlines the discriminatory attitudes and behaviours older people can experience in the workplace and the community.

Greedy pensioners? Far from it

There is strong evidence that older Australians have the skills, knowledge, and desire to contribute in the Australian workforce. So why are so many denied the opportunity? Susan Ryan says unfounded negative stereotypes undermine great economic potential.

Older Australians are commonly perceived as an economic burden on younger generations. They are typecast as unable to learn or up-skill, highly dependent, likely to be sick and exorbitant spenders of public funds, especially in the areas of aged care and health services.

Human rights and the Internet

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The Internet provides unparalleled opportunities for the promotion and advancement of certain rights