Age Caps Excluding Older Workers Says Human Rights Report Age caps for workers compensation, income insurance and superannuation are preventing millions of older Australians from participating in the workforce. Sydney (I- Newswire) August 07, 2012 - Age caps for workers compensation, income insurance and superannuation are preventing millions of older Australians from participating in the workforce. This is according to a recent report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Working past our 60s is a discussion paper on reforming workplace laws and policies for older workers. The report aims to assist in tackling the fundamental societal attitudes that underlie age discrimination by identifying the policies and laws that prevent older people from working. The age caps in some workers compensation schemes were "an anachronism that should be addressed as soon as possible", the Report says. "State and territory governments should now review the age limits on their workers compensation schemes with the view to removing them". "The age thresholds that apply to workers compensation, income insurance and to essential professional licenses limit the access that older people have to the workforce. All of these age bars can, and should, be dismantled" says Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, in the introduction to the report. Speaking at the launch of the report, Commissioner Ryan, herself aged 69, said that an estimated two million Australians over the age of 55 were costing about $10 billion annually in welfare payments. "Although most people want to continue to work through their 60's and beyond, they face a number of external barriers". "Recent research tells us that of people aged over 55 years, there are about two million who are capable and want to work but are barred from jobs." "We have to change our culture," she said. "Old is not 55 years. And people as young as 45 years are experiencing age discrimination. Deep- seated societal attitudes are very difficult to dislodge." For more information, go to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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