Reform insurance to assist older workers: paper released

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Reform insurance to assist older workers: paper released

The Age Discrimination Commission has released a paper detailing how age barriers in workers compensation, income insurance and licensing are blocking willing and able people from continuing in work through their 60s and beyond.

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The Age Discrimination Commission has released a paper detailing how age barriers in workers compensation, income insurance and licensing are blocking willing and able people from continuing in work through their 60s and beyond.
 
The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan released the paper, ‘Working Past Our 60s: Reforming Laws and Policies for the Older Worker’.

The paper is one of Age Discrimination Commissioner’s (Susan Ryan) projects.
 
In 1901, only 4% of Australians were aged 65 or over, but now the Australian Bureau of Statistics report states that the proportion of total population aged 65 or over is around 13.5%.

Factors against continuing to work
 
‘Although most people want to continue to work through their 60s and beyond, they face a number of external barriers,’ Commissioner Ryan said.
 
‘Recent research tells us that of people aged over 55 years there are about 2 million who are capable and want to work, but are barred from jobs.’

Commissioner Ryan said that most workers compensation stops at 65, or soon after, and income insurance is hard to get after 60.

‘This is a big barrier for trades people who need to insure their business and themselves,’ Ryan said.
 
‘For example, age bars in licensing stop capable vehicle drivers from getting jobs, even in the current climate of skills shortages.’

Workers compensation and insurance reform needed
 
By highlighting how these arrangements affect older workers, Commissioner Ryan hopes to create impetus for reform, in State and Commonwealth Government workers compensation schemes and in the private insurance industry.

Available online
 
‘Working Past Our 60s: Reforming Laws and Policies for the Older Worker’ will soon be available online.
 
 
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