Employing mature age workers

It makes good business sense to consider how you can better recruit, manage and retain mature age workers, particularly as the Australian workforce ages.

Advantages of employing mature age workers

Mature age workers have often built up knowledge and skills during their time in the workforce, so they can help you:

  • consider business operations from a different perspective
  • pass on skills or transfer knowledge to less experienced employees.

Read about other advantages of employing mature age people.

Recruiting and keeping mature age workers

The Investing in Experience Tool Kit on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website offers some useful strategies to hire or retain mature age workers.

The toolkit includes:

  • recruitment tips
    • how to improve the language of job advertisements
    • how and where to advertise positions
    • suggested shortlisting and interviewing processes
  • approaches to retaining people
    • by redesigning work
    • increasing flexibility
    • creating career development opportunities
    • promoting an age-positive work culture.

The toolkit also helps you identify how well your business employs mature age workers. Get help developing an action plan and learn how to make sure your business is attractive to mature age workers.

Read more about flexible working arrangements for mature-aged workers.

Financial support for employing mature age workers

You may be eligible for financial support and incentives for employing mature age workers.

Employer support payment

You may be eligible for an employer support payment of up to $15,000 if you hire an unemployed jobseeker.

Learn more about the employer support payment offered by the Back to Work program.

Restart incentive

The Restart incentive of up to $10,000 is for eligible businesses that hire or retain mature age employees aged 50 years and over.

The incentive is offered by the Australian Government.

Learn more about Restart and check eligibility criteria on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website, or phone the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

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