National Events

17 Feb 14

Work till you Drop? The Future of the Labour Force

Mature age workers are the fastest growing cohort in the labour market. Employers need a fresh approach for managing this valuable talent pool - from attraction and recruitment through to career development and potential retirement. This webinar will explore opportunities to enhance workforce participation of mature age workers.

Rafal Chomik will outline the overall demographic and economic context that faces Australia and other countries as a result of population ageing. He will also discuss the economic case for increasing mature age labour force participation and summarise the existing and potential responses in tackling barriers and incentives that encourage and enable older people to remain in work.

Professor Judy McGregor will explore NZ’s status as a leading OECD country in terms of longer paid working lives. She will examine how neither of the two dominant, opposing policy narratives (Positive Ageing versus Precarious Work) are adequately informed by the currently missing voices of older workers themselves.

Alison Monroe will facilitate this webinar and will also highlight the Australian Government’s Corporate Champions programme and how organisations can access funding of up to $20,000 to support age management planning.

Hear from Leading Experts

Alison Monroe
General Manager, Sageco; President, NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioners' Association
Alison Monroe is General Manager of Sageco, specialists in mature age workforce solutions. She is a board Member of HREXL and current president of the NSW EEO Practitioners’ Association (NEEOPA. She is an accredited 'ReCareer' and Retirement Success Coach, Diversity Awards Judge as well as aGood Beginnings Goodwill Ambassador. Alison is a frequent conference Chair and speaker on the challenges and opportunities of workforce ageing.

Rafal Chomik
Senior Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR),
University of New South Wales
Rafal Chomik is a Senior Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), at the University of New South Wales. He has previously worked as a public policy economist for the OECD, World Bank and British Government and his research interests include the demographic and economic impact of population ageing, retirement income and age aged care policy, poverty and income distribution, and tax & benefit modelling.

Professor Judy McGregor
Head of School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Auckland University of Technology
Professor Judy McGregor has researched age and human rights, stereotypes and discrimination, mature workers access to the labour market. She is the author of “Lifeswork” a book profiling and celebrating a number of older New Zealand workers aged 70+ in diverse occupations. Between 2002 -2012 Judy was the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the NZ Human Rights Commission. A major Commission project in 2010 “The National Conversation about Work”, involving 3,000 New Zealanders over 16 regions, identified the ageing workforce as a dominant issue emerging. In 2012, Judy conducted a high profile national inquiry into equal employment opportunities in the aged care sector called “Caring Counts”, and worked undercover as a health care assistant. The inquiry has provoked political response, widespread media and the first significant test of New Zealand’s equal pay legislation in 30 years.

Event Details

Event Date & Time: 17 February 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm AEDT

Registrations Open: 4th Feb 14 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 17th Feb 14 11:59 PM

Your Investment

Members: Free
NZAG Members: Free
Non-Members: $20.00

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