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Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

Inquiry into issues specific to older workers seeking employment, or establishing a business, following unemployment

Age Counts

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Cover (JPG image)

Front Pages (PDF format)

      Membership of the Committee
      Terms of reference
      List of abbreviations
      Executive summary and list of recommendations

Chapter 1 - Setting the scene (PDF format)

      Origins of the inquiry
      Structure of the report
      The issues
      Demographic trends
      The mature-age labour market

Chapter 2 - Consequences of unemployment (PDF format)

      Financial, budgetary and economic issues
      Consequences for individuals and families
      Consequences for the wider community

Chapter 3 - Causes of mature-age unemployment (PDF format)

      Mismatch between supply and demand in the labour market
      Casual and part-time employment
      Rural and regional unemployment and mobility of labour
      Causes specific to mature-age workers
      Impact of government policies

Chapter 4 - Dealing with unemployment (PDF format)

      Macroeconomic influences
      Age discrimination
      Dealing with retrenchments and redundancies
      Skills training
      Government policies
      Longitudinal studies
      Casual and part-time work
      Transport costs
      Alternative paths
      Phased retirement
      Service providers
      Accessing superannuation

Chapter 5 - Establishing a small business - a high risk option (PDF format)

      The small business option
      Reducing the risk of business failure
      New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
      Other small busniess programs
      Awareness of government programs

Appendix A - Conduct of the inquiry (PDF format)

Appendix B - List of submissions (PDF format)

Appendix C - List of exhibits (PDF format)

Appendix D - List of hearings & witnesses (PDF format)

Appendix E - References (PDF format)

Appendix F - Australian age discrimination laws (PDF format)

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