Employing mature age workers

For business, a work culture that supports older workers can lead to improved productivity, competitiveness and client satisfaction.

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Have your say on older workers

Outpost Consulting is seeking views about the benefits and challenges of employing mature age Australians from employers.

This research will examine -

  • the capacity and willingness of businesses to employ older workers
  • perceived barriers amongst businesses to employment of this cohort
  • possible solutions to these barriers.

You can have your say in two ways:

  1. Take a 2-minute, anonymous online poll. We ask quick demographic info and five easy 'on-a-scale' questions. Take the Mature-age employment poll Survey.
  2. Register to be interviewed to give more in-depth input. Please indicate your availability for a 30-minute phone or video interview between 17 May and 4 June. After adding your name, select three proposed timeslots, then remember to press the continue button on the bottom right to add your contact details. An interview guide with questions will be emailed to you beforehand, to help you gather your thoughts.

Thank you for contributing to this important research. If you have any questions, please email the research team.

How well does your organisation employ older workers?

Investing in Experience Tool Kit

Use this tool from the Investing in Experience Tool Kit to discover how effectively your organisation manages mature age workers.

The questions in the self-assessment tool are based on best practice benchmarks.

Australian Human Rights Commission Free training: Employing older workers

The Commission has developed an online training course that aims to increase awareness of the benefits of employing older people and highlights practical ways to foster engagement and retention with older employees. The course is free, and available to eligible employers in NSW.Government assistance for employers.

Government assistance for employers

Restart wage subsidy

The Restart wage subsidy is a financial incentive (up to $10,000 inc GST) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years and over.

They contribute skills and experience, reliability, strong work ethic and communication skills.

Watch some videos below of businesses that have successfully used the Restart subsidy.

Colin Johns, Managing Director of Transformer Services, talks about hiring a mature age employee through the jobactive Restart programme. jobactive provided training to this employee, who Colin says is very loyal, keen and a good trainer for younger staff.

Patrick Phang is the Manager of Metro Filters. They have hired mature age employees through the jobactive Restart programme and says their responsibility, punctuality and job pride is second to none.

Sheilah Cummins, CEO of Care Options, hired a mature age employee through the jobactive Restart programme, and she brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background to their organisation.

Sam Hurley, owner of Firestorm Motorcycles, hired Brett – a mature aged worker who had the perfect skillset and passion in e-commerce and motorbikes. “Brett’s been an asset from day one. He’s diligent, committed, and has all the attributes that any business owner would appreciate.”

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help your employee build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

Filling a vacancy

Jobs Hub

If you are hiring, particularly scaling up your workforce, we can connect you quickly with the support you need to get your workforce on board.

For more information, visit the department's Jobs Hub website.


jobactive connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1,700 locations across Australia.

As an employer, you can use a local jobactive provider for tailored recruitment services, at no cost to you.

For more information, visit the jobactive - help for employers to find staff page.