Disengagement of mature age people from the labour force: Reasons, financial outcomes and access to training

Following the recent announcement of the increase in the eligibility age for the Age Pension to 70 years in 2035, this report provides a timely analysis of the types of workers most at risk of losing their job before the age of 65. The report details the types of Government payments received by people who have left the workforce prematurely, as well as their access to training opportunities. The report emphasises the need for the provision of early investments in reskilling opportunities for mature age people lacking formal qualifications and most at risk of long-term unemployment.

To download a copy of the full report click here

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Thursday, 24th July 2014

2014 Productive Ageing Forum

Healthy Living for Productive Ageing

On Tuesday 24 June, National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre hosted a free public forum which brought together leading health experts to discuss the latest research and healthy living tips for over 50s.

Guest speakers included Alzheimer's Australia, the National Stroke Foundation, beyondblue, the Heart Foundation and Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living.

Master of Ceremonies and award-winning science and medical journalist, Dr Gael Jennings, guided the audience through expert presentations on Alzheimer's and stroke prevention, healthy eating, depression, anxiety, exercise and active living.

Further details about the 2014 Forum can be found here.

  • To view videos of the presentations click here                 
  • To view presenter slides click here
  • To view fact sheets on Forum topics click here                              
  • To view photos of the day click here

Thursday, 24th July 2014

Downsizing Decisions of Senior Australians: What are the Motivating and Discouraging Factors?

The future demand for residential accommodation is one of the most significant consequences of Australia’s ageing population. This study addresses this issue by investigating seniors’ recent experiences of moving to a smaller residence, their considerations of downsizing in the future, and the factors that would motivate or discourage such a move.

Thirty per cent of seniors stated that they were considering moving to a smaller residence. Of these people who were considering downsizing, 40% would choose to move to a dwelling with three or more bedrooms. The most popular motivating factors to downsize were not being physically able to maintain their current home and the cost of maintaining their home or yard. The most common discouraging factors were that moving would take too much effort, difficulties in finding a smaller residence that is good value for money, and the cost of stamp duty. Notably, the study asked respondents how a scheme to encourage downsizing would influence their decision to downsize.

To download a copy of the full report click here

To download a copy of the summary report click here

Thursday, 19th June 2014

Productive Ageing Research Grants 2014

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) invites research proposals that address the theme of Vision 2030: A future Australia for seniors.

Two innovative projects will be funded that provide insight into how the Australian economy and society can adapt in coming years to fully benefit from the contribution of seniors.

Topics of interest to the NSPAC for the 2014 Grant Round addressing the sub-theme of Productivity and Participation include:

1. Changes in the workplace environment to encourage longer working lives.

  • Process and role modification.
  • Government and employer policies, such as health and wellbeing policies.

2. Changes in the demand for jobs.

  • Drivers of change in the occupation and industry composition of the labour market.
  • Employee opportunities, including self-employment.
  • Employer and recruiter perspectives.

Research projects that address other topics within the Vision 2030 theme will also be considered. 

Intending applicants should use the following documents to submit their application:

The application deadline is Friday 11 July 2014.

For further information please contact Dr. Tim Adair on 03 9650 6144 or email t.adair@nationalseniors.com.au

Tuesday, 10th June 2014

Meeting 'Hidden' Household Costs of Care in the Home: Impacts of the Presence of Disability on Expenditure Patterns of Older Australian Households

This report addresses the issue of the financial burden placed on older households through out-of-pocket expenditure on care needs in the home, which are often hidden in the day-to-day spending patterns of older households. Around 1.2 million households have at least one person aged 65 years or over with a disability restricting their everyday activities.

The report shows that older households with a family member with severe or profound disability spent more on necessities such as food and health items and services and less on luxury items such as recreational activities.

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Monday, 2nd June 2014

Past, Present and Future of Mature Age Labour Force Participation in Australia: How Do Regions Differ?

This report examines long-term trends, current patterns and future projections of mature age labour force participation in Australia, with a focus on regional differences. The study shows that there have been strong increases in mature age employment in recent years, particularly among females. Presently, mature age labour force participation is highest in Western Australia and the ACT but is lowest in Tasmania and South Australia. Also, full-time employment by mature age people is more common in capital cities than non-metropolitan areas.

The report projects that the ageing of the population will slow labour supply growth throughout Australia, most significantly in Tasmania and South Australia. This highlights the need for governments, industry and employers to hasten strategies to support participation of mature age people in the labour force.

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To download a copy of the appendices click here

Thursday, 17th April 2014

Working Beyond 65 - What's Realistic? The Influence of Health on Longer Working Lives 

This report explores the relationship between health and remaining in the workforce past the age of 65 in Australia. It shows that people in good health are almost twice as likely to be employed as those with a chronic health condition. The report also finds that 80% of people working with a chronic health condition earn $500 or less per week, compared to 54% of those without a health condition. The most common conditions affecting people in this age group are arthritis and related disorders, hypertension, back problems, diabetes and heart disease. A concerning finding from the study is that many employed people with a chronic health condition believe that the income they earn is not enough to allow them to retire.

This report complements a study published by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre in November 2013, A widening gap: The financial benefits of delaying retirement.

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Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

A Juggling Act: Older Carers and Paid Work in Australia

This research details recent evidence in Australia about the issues facing older carers who are in the workforce or would like to be working. The number of Australians who balance work and unpaid caring is growing due to population ageing, longer working lives and the increasing responsibility of families to care for older people. The study finds that over half of carers of an adult are in paid work. Furthermore, 36% of carers who do not work state that their caring prevents them from working. The report also details the challenges faced by many older carers in accumulating superannuation and accessing training opportunities for the workforce.

The report explores what factors carers believe would enable them to work or work more. Flexible working arrangements, such as flexible hours and job sharing, in particular would help a large proportion of carers to have greater engagement in the labour market.

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Monday, 16th December 2013

A Widening Gap: The Financial Benefits of Delaying Retirement

This report measures the financial benefits of working longer on the retirement savings of Australians. The report finds that people who continue working throughout their 60s have 1.8 times the household net worth of those who are not employed. The impact of working longer is particularly noticeable for financial assets, which increase almost $60,000 over four years for people who continue working, but decline slightly over the same period for people out of work. The study also finds that the financial benefits of a prolonged work life are particularly strong for people with a chronic health condition. The authors emphasise the importance of making workplaces more accessible for people with poor health, to assist their long-term financial wellbeing.

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Thursday, 28th November 2013

A Squeeze on Spending? An Update on Household Living Costs for Senior Australians

This report examines household cost of living pressures among Australia’s over 50s population. In the five years to March 2013 the prices of several essential items increased at more than double the inflation rate, such as electricity which rose by 83%. Certain population groups are struggling with these higher costs, in particular low-income households who are spending over 80% of their disposable income on essential items. These higher prices result in greater difficulty in paying utility bills, with almost a quarter of a million senior households saying they have been unable to pay their bills on time. Findings also indicate that many households have cut back on some essential and non-essential items because of increased spending on certain key essentials.

To download a copy of the full report click here

To download a copy of the summary report click here

To download the Appendices click here

Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Updated Atlas of Productive Ageing

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre is pleased to announce that the Atlas of Productive Ageing has been updated with data from the most recent Population Census.

The Atlas presents maps of a wide range of key statistics for Australia’s over 50 population, including:

  • employment
  • unpaid work
  • education
  • housing
  • finances

A key strength of the Atlas is that users are able to examine and compare these key indicators by Local Government Area and State/Territory.

Please click here to access the Atlas.

Monday, 26th August 2013

Understanding Senior Australians and their Communities: Findings from a Nationwide Survey

This study examines the experiences of senior Australians in their communities, including their involvement in local organisations, their feelings of safety, and their overall satisfaction with living in their community. Encouragingly, a high proportion of seniors indicate satisfaction with their community and significant levels of engagement in community activities. However certain population groups face some degree of social isolation, including as those from lower socioeconomic groups and with poorer health.

To download a copy of the report click here


Thursday, 27th June 2013

Healthy Ageing Quiz - now available online

The Health Ageing quiz is now available online!

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre funded the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to develop a Healthy Ageing Quiz. The Quiz brings together the research evidence in an easy to use format that includes a checklist and tips for healthy active and ageing.

This quiz will help you determine whether your current lifestyle choices are helping you age well. If you are aged 50 years or over, male or female, this quiz is for you.

Click here for the online version of the Healthy Ageing Quiz, or download the PDF version.

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Age Discrimination in the Labour Market: Experiences and Perceptions of Mature Age Australians

 This report explores age discrimination in the Australian labour market using findings from a survey of people aged 45-74 years. The findings reveal that 16% of Australian workers in this age group reported that they have been directly told they are too old for a job, and 36% of job seekers reported that they have experienced indirect forms of age discrimination. Perceptions of age discrimination are high, with 83% of job seekers agreeing that it is an issue in the Australian labour market. Consequently, these perceptions have discouraged many people from looking for work, demonstrating that age discrimination is a significant barrier to mature age employment.

To download a copy of the report click here
Thursday, 20th June 2013

Long Term Care Insurance: A Survey of Providers' Attitudes

Description: http://productiveageing.com.au/userfiles/image/LTCI.pngThis latest research report examines the potential of a long term care insurance (LTCI) market in Australia from the perspective of providers. The providers surveyed included senior officers of life insurers, life reinsurers and major financial services consultants. The report explores these providers’ attitudes to LTCI and the barriers to its implementation in Australia. The providers indicated in-principle support for the development of LTCI in Australia, however many reported significant demand-side barriers to its establishment. Some of the demand-side barriers include uncertainty about the extent of consumer demand for such a product in Australia, because households have other risks to insure for.

To download a copy of the report click here
Monday, 20th May 2013

Staying Connected: Social Engagment and Wellbeing Among Mature Age Australians

This study explores the wellbeing of senior Australians, how it differs between age groups, and how it relates with their social engagement. The report finds that older people (i.e., those aged 70-89 years) have the highest overall life satisfaction, as well as comfort with their standard of living and feelings of freedom about decisions regarding how they live their lives. This is despite having poorer self-reported health than younger counterparts. The research is based on a survey of over 2,000 members of National Seniors Australia aged 50-89 years.
To download a copy of the report click here
Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Relocation to a Retirement Village: Who Considers Relocation and What are People Looking for?

The motivations of seniors when considering whether or not to live in a retirement village are examined in this research report. Authored by researchers from The Australian National University and Flinders University, the report is based on a survey of over 500 people aged 55 years and over. Some of the factors encouraging consideration of a retirement village are assistance in case of declining health and convenient location to facilities, while factors likely to discourage a move are a fear of losing independence and concerns about privacy. These findings are important to inform aged care providers of the requirements of potential future residents in the context of changing health needs of the population and increasing demand for aged care.

To download a copy of the report click here

Wednesday, 20th February 2013







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