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Age Discrimination

Willing to Work Report Implementation

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The right to work is a fundamental human right, but one that far too many older people in Australia do not enjoy.

Multigenerational workforces: a guide to the rights of older workers under the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) (2019)

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Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability (2016)

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Older women facing homelessness on the rise

As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, the Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Patterson, has renewed calls for policy makers and leaders to prioritise housing security for older Australian women.
 
Older women are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people, with a 31% increase between 2011 and 2016.
 
Dr Patterson says International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate what has been achieved and contemplate what more needs to be done.
 

New national guide on powers of attorney

Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson earlier this month launched a national guide to making enduring powers of attorney for financial decisions.

You Decide Who Decides, funded by the Australian government, sponsored by the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council and developed by the Victorian Public Advocate, is a national resource which identifies differences between the law across the country.

Calls for urgent action on elder abuse

Governments across the country will tomorrow be called on to work together and take immediate action to combat elder abuse at the Council of Attorneys-General meeting in Adelaide.

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson wants the Council to outline its plan and to include nationwide standards for powers of attorney to ensure that they are not mis-used.

“Elder abuse is a blight on our society. Older Australians do not have time on their side, they need immediate action from Governments at state and federal levels,” said Dr Patterson.

Attorneys-General Need to Act on Elder Abuse

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson is calling on the Council of Attorneys-General to agree to take immediate action on elder abuse at their meeting tomorrow to develop a timetable outlining its action plan. 

“Elder abuse is a blight on our society.  Older Australians do not have time on their side, they need immediate action from Governments at state and federal levels,” said Dr Patterson.

Commissioner Patterson is calling for powers of attorney to be standardised across the country to help ensure that they are not mis-used.

Older Australians boosting the economy

Older Australians are spending longer in the workforce than ever before, but all too often their contribution is overlooked. Today, as we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, the Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on all Australians to recognise the incredible benefits older people offer our society, culture, the economy and so much more.