Pension age could be lifted again leaving many struggling to find work

A report published by the Australian Human Rights Commission entitled the National Willing to Work report has some pretty damning

A report published by the Australian Human Rights Commission entitled the National Willing to Work report has some pretty damning data that doesn’t support the Government’s plan to up the pension age.

The Turnbull Government has made waves across the country by planning on reintroducing legislation to increase the pension age from the current 65 years and six months to 70 by 2035. This is something that the National Willing To Work report says that is going to be difficult.

Human Rights Commissioner Susan Ryan spoke to the National Press Club to share the massive economic benefits that would come from employed mature aged workers. Susan stated, “The business case for employing older workers is undeniable, yet only relatively few businesses are doing it”. The report states that one in ten businesses will not recruit people over the average age of 50.

While many will be quick to criticise private companies for such practices, the Government that wants to increase the pension age is also guilty of such practices. The Council on the Ageing (COTA) has claimed that the recruitment practices of the Federal Government that require candidates to disclose their age is only adding to the problem.

Executive Director Jenny Mobbs from the COTA ACT told ABC News “The selection panels in the public service can be quite a young group of people, and they don’t want their mum or their dad walking in and taking over in the workforce”. She continues “It’s a really complex issue, certainly one where the discrimination’s certainly there.

“If a 35-year-old applies for a job, and a 60-year-old applies for the job, the 35-year-old, particularly in Canberra, will get the job.

“Younger people don’t like to work with older people who’ve got much more experience because they feel threatened.”

When you combine that with many business owners and operators believing in horrible stereotypes like mature workers are forgetful, inflexible, and had trouble learning new skills, it seems that it’s stacked against the future pensioners.

What do you think the government should do since they are the ones that want to raise the age? What can mature workers do to counteract the bad stereotypes and misconceptions?

  1. June Saunders  

    I would love to see the politicians doing caring in the aged care industry up until they are 70. I have been in the industry for over 20yrs and I will be lucky to last another 4yrs till i can retire

    • Bev Ralph  

      I agree with you June. I am almost 61 and have worked in disability and community aged care all my working life. It is very physically demanding and I would be struggling to work another 9 years. As it
      is I have had to reduce the number hours I work.

  2. The youngsters shouldn’t feel threatened. They could learn something from the older generation.

    • merridelle CORNEY  

      They sure could. Bit it is hard to find a young person who will listen to us oldies. They seem to forget that where they are is where we have already been. After all, we weren’t born ‘old’ It took a lot of years and learning curves to get where we are now.

      • Gordon  

        Precious darlings are too protected in growing years so feel threatened very easily.

  3. peter  

    Try staying in the building trade until 70 and being employable. 60 is about the limit in these trades then we slow down and get stiffer. These polls sit on their arses all day and have no idea what it takes to do manual labour, a pox on them all

  4. Richard  

    I can’t understand why young people would feel threatened by over 60’s coming back into the workplace. I did exactly that, retired early, then rejoined the workforce at age 62.
    I joined on a casual rate basis, doing a completely different job to what I had done and at a much lower rate of pay than I was used to. I worked with 18 to 30 year olds and never had a complaint from any of them. We worked as a team & problem solved as a team. I learn’t from them & they learn’t from me, a win win for everyone.
    They even saught my advise on private matters and I took care not to preach to them or laud it over them but guided them in their decision making.
    In return they taught me computing shortcuts and how to get the most out of my mobile phone & iPad.
    I retired from this job earlier this year and moved from Perth to Mandurah and miss those days so much I’m planning to renter the workforce in a different capacity to see if I can recreate those great times.y

    • Jan Morgan  

      Nice one Richard…it is the same where I work..I am 65 and work with a lot of younger girls…they call me their work mum. I support them and help them with things I know and they in turn help me with computer stuff and other technology.

    • very true of myself (had great fun with the “kids”) and worked well together – husband still gets calls from work mates he mentored – (he’s now retired for 2 years)…myself I was the one that remembered all the computer hacks etc. I just couldn’t physically do the job anymore and had to leave just prior to retirement

  5. I’m 65+, still working, but would like to reduce my hours a bit, as husband is 7 yrs younger, so can’t do pension anyway, but nobody will even give me interview. Always the younger people get the jobs. Currently, I work with a varied age group, but I know that my employers would prefer a younger person to do my job, even though I am efficient, experienced, and have great customer service skills.
    Wish the pollies, were in the same position, so they could see what the real world is like!

  6. Rastus  

    12 Years ago I started a new career at 55+. It took 5 months and a reflex box of reject letters before I was hired.
    I had reduced my cv to the bare minimum. removed all references to any fact older than 5 years and then was hired on the basis of a written application and 2 telephone interviews. Sight unseen.After that all was well. Ageism was not an issue with my brilliant employer.

  7. Sharyn  

    Unfortunately we can’t ALL be office workers can we. So what happens to all the people employed in physically demanding jobs e.g. labourers, cleaners, builders, roof tilers, plumbers, etc.? Are they going to be expected to do this type of work until they reach 70? And if they are not physically capable of continuing this type of work, what are they supposed to do? Is the government going to help them re-train for something more suitable, like ???? Oh no… hang on.. the current politicians won’t have to worry about that will they. By the time this happens they’ll have retired early with their outrageous life-long pensions, free travel and all the other free benefits they get for the rest of their natural lives (paid for by us!).

    • Lorraine Walker  

      Agree with everything you said Sharyn.

  8. AsIseeit.  

    I have a solution to this – Bring the retirement age back to 65, I think we can all live with that, and increase superannuation subscriptions to the point that the payout is greater than or equal the cost to the government for the five years they want to take from retirees.

  9. Jan Morgan  

    What about us oldies work ethics….like we don’t take sickies after a weekend at the big day out, we turn up on time and yes we are experienced because we have those work ethics of not arguing with any work program to learn something new. I take exception to the fact that we are forgetful, inflexible and don’t want to learn anything new!

  10. joanna galea  

    I was watching a carpet layer, lay carpet in my house yesterday. I asked him the big question “Would you still be able to do this at 70?” His reply was ” My knees are stuffed now after 10 years and I only just turned 40. No way.” Do the politicians know that there are people out there who do physical hard work every day?

  11. As an employer my preference is for those recently retired and wanting something meaningful to do. I am close to that age myself and love,the work ethic and flexibility of mature workers.

  12. As long as the pollies have to wait until 70 before they’re eligible for their pensions, which then should be the same pension that the average person receives!

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