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Mature-age employees

Last updated July 2017

This chapter explains the risks associated with age discrimination and how to accommodate ageing employees and ensure you don’t breach anti-discrimination laws.

Who are mature-age employees?

Mature-age employees are employees who are nearing retirement age (55–65 years old).

Important: In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the value of mature-age employees as they bring years of experience to the workplace. In contrast, there has also been evidence of workplaces discriminating against them.

Age discrimination

Caution: Discrimination or adverse action against employees and prospective employees on grounds of their age is prohibited under:
- the general protections provisions of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act);
- the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth); and
- state and territory anti-discrimination legislation.