Age

In this section, you will find resources to help you attract, engage, and retain workers of all ages. Much of the research in Australia and internationally on the impact of age in the workforce focuses on ‘older’ workers. However, while older individuals (however ‘older’ is defined) do experience particular workplace issues as a result of ageing, ‘age’ must be considered across the life course.

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

Is it time for Australia to embrace a Bill of Rights to enshrine equality for all?

Media releases

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG delivers Diversity Council Australia’s third Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion, sponsored by Telstra.

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.

Perspectives

Let’s hear it from the boys

Blog

Addressing attitudes to gender equality from millennial men.

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?

Coming events

22 Jul 2019

How effective are D&I initiatives in achieving change? Find out at the launch of Change At Work.

Webcasts from past events

Hosted by Twitter Australia
06 Jun 2019

At this Diversity Leadership Program event hosted by Twitter in Sydney, we discussed how inclusion should be a key factor in the development and use of technologies.

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.