Longterm Unemployment

An online toolkit for employers: National Seniors Australia

Dr Ruth Williams, Research Fellow, National Seniors Australia will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

Age management: an online toolkit for employers

Governments are increasingly encouraging greater involvement of mature age people in the labour force to ensure the skills and experience of this cohort are fully utilised and to assist the economy to adapt to demographic change.

For employers, implementation of strategies that attract and retain mature age workers can be vital in strengthening mature age participation in the labour force, especially of people who have been unemployed for extended periods of time. Many employers have responded, requesting practical advice to assist in the implementation of sound age management initiatives to help avoid the premature permanent exit of mature age employees from the labour market. However, as there are many differences between employers, employees and across various sectors, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution.

The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre has developed the Age Management Online Toolkit, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ of comprehensive and practical information for employers, supervisors, managers and HR professionals, to successfully initiate, implement and evaluate effective age management strategies.

At the organisational level, age management encompasses multi-dimensioned Human Resources strategies such as recruitment, retention, flexible work options, career advancement opportunities, training and lifelong learning, job redesign/rotation/redeployment, abolishing age discrimination, culture change and knowledge capture/transfer. Importantly, the toolkit is designed for employers to tailor the best age management initiatives according to unique strategic goals, size of organisation and workforce age profile.

The toolkit is structured into three main categories: step sustainable approach.

It provides evidence-based information, links to reputable resources, guidelines and good practice examples sourced from a wide range of leading national and international agencies and expert bodies.

Overall, the Age Management Online Toolkit assists employers to break down barriers and strengthen enablers to mature age employment in a proactive and engaging way.

About the presenter

Dr Ruth Williams is a Research Fellow at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, where she is a researcher and analyst in the field of social gerontology, with a particular focus on the relationship between age and the labour market.

She has managed research exploring the experiences, meaning and importance of older worker’s work-life transitions, employer attitudes towards older workers, and workplace policy affecting mature age employees. She has also worked in collaboration with a number of industry partners and organisational case studies from domestic and international government, university and private sectors to identify and implement strategies to maximise the benefits of an ageing workforce.

Mature age employment

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 3-4 streams on long term unemployment issues. Register www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.

Search and work to keep the dole

Long-Term-Unemployment-ConferenceJOB-seekers will be compelled to search and work to keep the dole and conduct 40 job searches a month and carry out up to 25 hours a week of community work to keep dole payments, in a radical extension of mutual oblig­ation to be unveiled by the federal government.

Extending work for the dole and the creation of new wage subsidies for the long-term unemployed will be a key part of the proposed $5.1 billion job placement system the government plans to role out next year.

The Abbott government’s draft model aims to cut red tape, reward job providers for finding jobs — rather than completing administration — and discourage training for training’s sake. It will be imposed on current job providers such as Mission Australia, Sarina Russo and Ingeus from July next year as a prerequisite for funding.

Almost $900 million will be spent on extending the work-for- the-dole scheme over the three years from next July.

Jobseekers younger than 30 will be asked to do 25 hours’ work a week; those aged 30-49 will be asked to do 15 hours’ work a week; and people aged 50-60 will be asked to do 15 hours a week of an approved activity.
The new system will create a “regional loading” for job providers, in recognition that labour-market conditions vary across the country….

Article written by Patricia Karvelas, Victoria Editor, Melbourne. THE AUSTRALIAN

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference aims toexplore the latest employment trends and outlook for the long-term unemployed. The program will explore the links between long-term unemployment for Economic and Social outcomes; including local and international; mental health and health issues relating to long -term unemployment; training, apprenticeship,and vocational skills; policy, guidelines and the latest legislation for 2014.

The 2 day conference will commence at QT Hotel, on the Gold Coast in less than 3 weeks. Registrations are still open and we invite you to review the program at www.longtermunemployment.org.au

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The Australian Long-term Unemployment Conference Secretariat
August 18-19, 2014
Ph: +(61 7) 5502 2068 | Fax: +(61 7) 5527 3298 | Email: secretariat@longtermunemployment.org.au

Article written by Patricia Karvelas, Victoria Editor, Melbourne. READ THE FULL STORY IN THE AUSTRALIAN

Employment Awards 2014

LTU employment awards THE 2014 LONG -TERM UNEMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE – AWARDS EVENING

The Employment Awards will recognise, raise awareness and promote the benefits of employing at risk groups including disability, mature age, youth, indigenous and regional unemployed.

The Employment Awards provide excellent opportunities for networking and recognition of innovation. Award winners will receive an engraved award and certificate, be profiled by media partners, included on the conference website and announced through social media.

The Employment Awards 2014 categories include the following:

  • Disability Employment Award
  • Mature Age Employment Award
  • Youth Employment Award
  • Indigenous Employment Award
  • Regional Employment Award

Delegates attending the Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be on hand to celebrate with the winners of the Employment Awards at the Awards Evening on the 18th August 2014 at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast.  Register www.longtermunemployment.org.au

Indigenous Employment policy must change to close employment gap

Parliamentary Secretary Tudge: Policies must change to close employment gap.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, The Hon Alan Tudge MP, said that new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows a fall in Australia’s Indigenous employment rate, despite a continuing increase in the non-indigenous rate.

“In 2008, the then government promised to halve the Indigenous employment gap within a decade, but we are now past the halfway mark and the gap has widened by 2.8 per cent,” he said.

“This is despite a positive trend in indigenous employment spanning over fifteen years prior to 2008.

“Almost half of all working age Indigenous Australians receive welfare as their main source of income.

“Our objective is to reverse the reliance on passive welfare and support more Indigenous Australians into work.”

Despite an increase in the actual number of Indigenous people working since 2008, jobs growth has not kept up with the indigenous population increase. If this trend continues, the proportion of Indigenous people employed will continue to fall.

Only 46 per cent of the Indigenous working age population are in jobs today.

“Employment is the motor of reconciliation. People who are employed tend to have better health, housing and general well-being. We must lift the indigenous employment rate to address our nation’s greatest social inequity.”

Read More Published: 23 January 2014

Indigenous Employment policy and programs will be discussed at the Long Term Unemployment Conference

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and 4 streams on long term unemployment issues. Please click on the link for the Preliminary Program Released. For more information about the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.