Employing mature age workers

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

On this page:

Recruitment posters highlighting that all ages are welcome

Are you actively recruiting and want people to know that all ages are welcome? Download a poster you can print and place in your business to let people know you are recruiting and welcome applicants of all ages.

We're Hiring Poster - Option 1

We're Hiring Poster - Option 2

We're Hiring Poster - Option 3

We're Hiring Poster - Option 4

Benefits of mature age workers

There are many benefits to business in employing mature age workers. Watch the video below to find out.

More information and resources are available.

Training for employers on employing mature age workers

These interactive training modules will provide you with practical resources to assist you with employing and retaining mature age workers.

Self-assessment tool – how effectively does your organisation manage mature age workers?

This toolkit will ask you questions on the age profile of your organisation, human resource management policies, recruitment and induction as well as training and development. At the end of this self-assessment an action plan is provided to help your organisation to set some goals surrounding age diversity.

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.

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.

Pathway to Work

Pathway to Work was a pilot program which was designed to stimulate demand for mature age workers (aged 45-70) through specific activities.

It ran from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021 and included 10 pilots.

The below is a video of one the pilot programs which was done with hospitality start-up recruitment organisation Barcats.

You can find information on the now completed program at Pathway to Work.

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.