Age barriers to work

On 8 February 2012, the Attorney-General announced an inquiry into legal barriers to mature age persons participating in the workforce—namely for people aged 45 years and over.

Under the Terms of Reference, the ALRC was to identify these barriers and consider reforms to address them in Commonwealth laws, including: social security, superannuation, insurance, compensation and employment.

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan was appointed to the ALRC as a Part-time Commissioner to assist with the Inquiry.

Terms of Reference were received on 12 March 2012.

The ALRC delivered its report to the Attorney-General in March 2013. The report, Access All Ages—Older Workers and Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Report 120), was tabled in Parliament on 30 May 2013.