The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) review of Commonwealth legislation and policies that create barriers for older people participating in the work force has begun.

 

“Older Australians have much to offer our workforce and this review will look at how we can best utilise their expertise, enthusiasm and energy,” Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said.

 

“Age discrimination has a significant social impact on older people so I look forward to this review providing recommendations on how we can support older Australians to continue participating in society.
 
“In undertaking this reference, the ALRC will consider all relevant Commonwealth legislative that either directly or indirectly imposes limitations on older persons from participating including superannuation, employment, insurance, compensation and social security law.”

 

The inquiry will be led by ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher and assisted by Australia’s first Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Susan Ryan who was appointed to the ALRC as a part-time Commissioner to lend her expertise to this important work.
 
This review will contribute to meeting the Government’s commitment within Australia’s Human Rights Framework to review existing legislation for consistency with Australia’s human rights obligations.
 
The Ageing Inquiry formally commenced on 12 March 2012 and the Commission will finalise a report within 12 months. The terms of reference for the review can be found at www.ag.gov.au