Webinar on Ageism at work and countering the effects of COVID-19

27 Apr 2021


Since the pandemic, Australians over the age of 60 years have been impacted the most in terms of job loss, and workers aged 40 years and over have experienced greater loss of wages.

While older workers bring skills and knowledge to the workplace, age discrimination presents a significant barrier to meaningful participation in the workforce. Prior to COVID-19, more than a quarter of Australians aged 50 years and over had experienced age discrimination at work, and of great concern, a third of those who had experienced age discrimination gave up looking for work altogether.

At this DCA Diversity Leadership Program event, The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO, Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner discussed how employers can create inclusive and age-friendly workplace strategies to attract and retain mature-age talent.

We looked at the inclusion experiences of older workers over the last 12 months and talk to Jacqui Coombes, about how Bunnings Group value and engage their mature-age workforce.  

Our guest speakers unpacked:

  • What drives ageism and how to tackle it,
  • The impact of COVID-19 on mature-age workers,
  • How employers address biases towards older workers in recruitment and retention practices,
  • Age-friendly workplace strategies,
  • Flexible work options for older workers including the transition to retirement,
  • The impacts of government age-based employment programs.

Panel speakers include:

  1. The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  2. Dr Jacqueline Larkin, Senior Lecturer in Human Resources Management, Australian Institute of Business
  3. Meagan Lawson, CEO, Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW and
  4. Professor Philip Taylor, Professor of Management, Federation Business School at Federation University Australia and
  5. Jacqui Coombes, Director New Zealand and Human Resources, Bunnings Group.


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