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6 Economic and social benefits of employing older Australians

Older Australians working for longer provides significant benefits to workplaces, the economy, the community and individuals themselves.

Older workers benefit from increased incomes and savings that help to raise living standards in retirement. Staying in the workforce also helps to improve health outcomes and general wellbeing for older people. This would help to reduce demand on health and welfare systems. Workplaces and the overall economy can benefit from using the ‘experience and skills of older workers to train younger and newer employees’.[20]

Share your story

As well as taking evidence through consultations and submissions, the Commission wants to hear successful stories of older Australians seeking and retaining employment, changing jobs or careers. In particular, we want to identify what factors contribute to positive outcomes for older Australians in employment.

For examples of stories from individuals and organisations about the significant and diverse contributions of older Australians to society please visit the Commission’s Age Positive website:


[20] Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging (2002), para 26. See also, United Nations Principles for Older Persons (1991), principle 7.