Do you feel disadvantaged or discriminated against as an older Australian in the workplace? 6



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Do you feel disadvantaged or discriminated against as an older Australian in the workplace?

The Attorney-General has requested that the Australian Human Rights Commission undertake a National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians.

And they are taking submissions that demonstrate the scale and reality of the problems around the discrimination of older Australians.

We are working with the Seniorpreneurs Foundation to put together a submission that includes as many people’s stories as possible so the Government can gain a fair view from the eyes of our older generations of how serious the problem is. And we want both your positive and negative stories please.

We have attached a form below that you can tell us your 300 word stories and tick whether you are happy for them to be published or just submitted to the Human Rights Commission’s call for submissions.

Let’s inspire some action on this issue…


Fill out the form below please.


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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I worked work place bullies a fair bit off my working life im retired now what i did was find out something about them in there private lives and throw at verblley they dont like that afterall they bloody cowards they no good without there mates,,,tret them same way they treat you it may bring annamosity who cares…..

  2. Absolutely, I had a boss who used to say to me “old bag when are you retiring” I complained to HR but this boss was very very friendly with somebody in HR, I was called in one day and 3 charming bosses said to me “we are making you redundant because you should be at home looking after your husband”, unforgivably disgusting

  3. My experience is sightly different as an employer I advertised for a mature experienced person and was told my advert was discriminatory against an age group – I wanted someone very mature preferably in my mind over 40 – this is mostly due to the bad experiences I have had with Gen Ys……and this Govt wants employers to employ older mature persons..

  4. I did but I survived because the question I asked myself was ” am I here to be liked or to put fruit on the table for my family?” Ask yourself that question and beat them all

  5. I worked at VECCI (Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce & Industry) for 8 years before I retired and they always stood up for and promoted the advantages of employing older workers. I might add that I didn’t see any discrimination against anyone while I was there…we were all ages, shapes, sizes, nationalities, men, women, heterosexuals & gay which is as it should be.

  6. Quite the opposite for me – I’m retired but regularly get asked to return to my job, for fill-in when others on holidays but also recently to come back on a regular part-time basis – definitely no age discrimination in my workplace – health industry

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