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Keeping Australia's Older Workers in the Labour Force. A Policy Perspective


Walter, MM and Jackson, N and Felmingham, BS, Keeping Australia's Older Workers in the Labour Force. A Policy Perspective, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 43, (2) pp. 291-309. ISSN 0157-6321 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2008.tb00103.x


As in other western industrialised countries the structural ageing of the Australian population has significant labour market implications. Government has responded with a range of policies to persuade older workers to abandon early retirement and/or remain in the workforce past traditional retirement ages. But whether this generation of workers will be prepared to change their retirement plans in response to policy encouragement, and whether current policy measures will translate into significant numbers of older workers extending their labour force participation is uncertain. Using the Australian Survey of Retirement Attitudes and Motivations (ASRAM) a recently completed, nationally representative survey of Australian workers aged 40-59 years we find that while the Government message about working longer is getting through, older workers are relatively unresponsive to current policy measures. Other policies, especially policies outside the financial realm, are needed to maximise the number of older Australians in the labour force.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Retirement, Older workers, Labour market
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Demography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Walter, MM (Professor Maggie Walter)
UTAS Author:Jackson, N (Associate Professor Natalie Jackson)
UTAS Author:Felmingham, BS (Dr Bruce Felmingham)
ID Code:53565
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-12-12
Last Modified:2015-02-23

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