This Summary Report provides an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations in the final Report in the Inquiry into Commonwealth legal barriers to older persons participating in the workforce or other productive work by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The full Report sets out in detail the issues raised by the Terms of Reference, and the research and evidence base upon which the ALRC’s recommendations were formulated.

The Summary Report begins with a brief account of the background for the Inquiry, the law reform brief and the development of the law reform response—including the principles underpinning the recommendations in the Report. This is followed by a description of the recommendations and their net effect in enabling workforce participation by older Australians.