Age

The ageing of Australia’s population will see the number of people aged 65 to 84 years more than double and the number of people 85 years and over more than quadruple. The rapidly growing group of mature age Australians will represent a key group of potential workers with which to respond to the projected labour market shortage. In addition, younger workers are more likely to report experiencing more discrimination and harassment at work than older workers.

In this section, you will find the following resources to help you attract and retain workers of all ages.

DCA Research

Inclusion@Work Index

Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 The State of Inclusion in the Australian Workforce

The DCA-Suncorp Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018 is a landmark study, providing the first-ever national benchmarks for Australian workplaces in regards to the age, cultural background, disability status, gender, Indigenous background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity of workers.

WordsAtWork - Building inclusion through the power of language

Words at Work report image

DCA has developed a new Words At Work campaign for workplaces to show how inclusive language can improve workplace culture and drive productivity.

Older Women Matter

DCA research has found that older women (defined as 45 years plus) represent a sizeable and growing segment of the labour force but Australian organisations are failing to fully harness their skills and talents.

Grey Matters: Engaging Mature Age Workers

This research project reveals baby boomers are challenging traditional notions of retirement.

Other Research

UniSA: BUILDING A BETTER WORKPLACE: One mature-age worker at a time

Mature-age workers comprise 40% of Australia's workforce. They're likely your most experienced and highest-paid employees, but a failure to fully engage this valuable resource will hurt your bottom line.

What’s Age Got to Do With It? Towards a New Advocacy on Ageing and Work

This report, released by Per Capita (2017), challenges existing ideas about older workers and ageing, puts forth recommendations about how to consider age and advocate for ‘age’ across the workforce.

News

Young People & the Future of the Workforce

United Nations International Youth Day
News articles

Workplace strategies that target characteristics of generations or generational stereotypes can be harmful to younger workers. Five early career starters share their insights into barriers they have experienced and how organisations can create more inclusive workplaces for young people.

Anything but PC - D&I is a vital business tool in 2017 and beyond

Media releases

Many leading practice Australian businesses continue to reap the rewards of diversity and inclusion (D&I) while others in the community want to ignore the benefits, according to Diversity Council Australia.

Election 2016: Where do the major parties stand on D&I?

Media releases

Diversity Council Australia has today released responses to its pre-election survey about policies the major parties would be taking to the election that support diversity and inclusion in Australian workplaces.

Perspectives

From older workers to generational solidarity. Let’s rethink ageing at work

Blog

Philip Taylor, Professor of Management at Federation University Australia, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, talks age at work.

Age as an asset. Are we doing right by older workers?

Blog

Justine Irving, a leading age researcher in Australia, asks: Are we doing right by older workers?

Millennials, Avocados and Workplace Values

Karla Dunbar Acting Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the CEO/ Operations & Support Assistant  Diversity Council Australia
Blog

As we approach International Youth Day on August 12, DCA's youngest team member, Karla Dunbar, shares her thoughts on being a millennial in today's and tomorrow's workforce.

Webcasts from past events

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
20 Nov 2018

Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, the 2018 Annual Diversity Debate was a fabulous occasion as two teams argued the pros and cons of bringing your whole self to work.

Sponsored by National Australia Bank
24 Oct 2017

Does a focus on identity help or hinder diversity and inclusion in the workplace? Moderated by Tony Jones, one of ABC's most respected journalists, our Annual Diversity Debate once again promises to be the diversity event of the year as two teams tackle this critical issue from a number of perspectives.