Age barriers to work enews | Issue 6

Issue 6 | 2 October 2012  View original format

“Grey Areas” Discussion Paper released

The ALRC has today released its Discussion Paper—Grey Areas: Age Barriers to Work in Commonwealth Laws (ALRC DP 78, 2012). The Paper highlights ALRC thinking to date and puts forward proposals for law reform in the areas of recruitment and employment, work health and safety, insurance, social security, and superannuation. The ALRC suggests a combination of legislative and regulatory reform, together with measures to increase education and awareness and address perceptions and stereotypes surrounding mature age workers. 

We received more than 60 submissions to our first consultation paper, an Issues Paper, and we are extremely grateful for the time and effort that were put into these thoughtful responses. A national round of consultations—to Perth, Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne, on top of consultations held in Sydney— and an Advisory Committee meeting, also assisted us in our thinking. 
As we are aware of the time constraints on stakeholders and the impracticality of asking all respondents to tackle the full Discussion Paper, we have also produced a brief Summary document. It gives informed stakeholders easy access to the principles on which our ideas are based and what we are proposing.

Both the Discussion Paper and the Summary document can be downloaded free of charge from the ALRC website. If you require a hard copy, please contact us on (02) 8238 6333.

Make a submission

With the release of the Discussion Paper, we invite you to respond to any of the questions and proposals relevant to you or your organisation. Submissions are crucial in assisting us to develop final recommendations for reform.

While we prefer to receive submissions through the ALRC online submission form, we also accept submissions via post, fax or email.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 23 November 2012.

Next round of consultations

The release of the Discussion Paper also signals the commencement of the next round of consultations, where the Age Barriers team can speak to stakeholders and obtain further input in response to the proposals and questions.