Older workers could be the key to COVID recovery

Older workers may be the key, but so far, schemes to help them have “utterly failed”.

Unemployed man at home on the couch looking at the classified ads in the newspaper

The UK believes older workers are the key to COVID recovery.

It seems this ideal is not shared by the Australian Government.

At least that’s what Labor’s unemployment spokesperson Brendan O’Connor is saying.

According to an International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK ) report, nearly one in three workers across the G20 is aged 50 and over – this could rise to 40 per cent of the workforce by 2035.

These workers generated every third dollar earned across the G20 in 2014.

By 2035, they’re projected to generate nearly 40 per cent of all earnings.

The study showed that if all older people in G20 countries were encouraged and supported to work at the same rates as Iceland they would see a GDP gain of around $3.7 trillion.

With this in mind, the ILC-UK wants an ‘Ageing Society New Deal’ that would see G20 countries invest more to encourage and support older workers.

“Policy makers are so fixated on the direct costs of ageing that they fail to notice the significant and growing contributions that older people make,” said ILC-UK director David Sinclair.

“This prevents them from fully realising the social and economic potential of older people – and from appreciating the longevity dividend.

“Older people’s social and economic impact is already significant, but there’s potential to increase this further. The barriers they face are in part avoidable – and the most important is poor health.

“Despite the tragedy and the devastation, COVID-19 has placed society in an exceptional moment to prioritise health and act on ageing. It has shown us how health and the economy are linked and has exposed the dangers of under-investing in prevention.

“Let’s use this shift in mind-set to raise the necessary funds today to realise a longevity dividend tomorrow.”

The Australian Government’s version of a ‘New Deal” for older workers is its Restart program, in which the Coalition has spent less than half what it promised to help older Australians into work.

More than 40 per cent of those who actually accessed the program were out of a job within three months.

Restart provides employers up to $10,000 to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.

In 2014, the Coalition promised to spend $520 million to help 32,000 older Australians find a job every year.

To date, a total of $254m has been spent to help 51,190 mature-age people into work, 30,379 of whom remained in employment for 13 weeks or more, and less than half (21,966) lasting more than six months. The recently announced JobMaker scheme will throw $4bn in wage subsidies to companies that hire workers aged 35 and under.

The Morrison government has defended its decision to exclude older workers – or anyone over 35 – from the JobMaker scheme, by saying its Restart program was already helping them.

However, Labor’s employment spokesman MR O’Connor says the Restart program “has been an utter failure in getting older people into work and yet the government is touting it as its signature policy for Australians over 50”.

“Not only is it undersubscribed, 40 per cent of workers under this program were without work within three months,” he told Guardian Australia.

Mr O’Connor has been a strong opponent of the program since its inception.

Back in 2015, employment minister Michaelia Cash said that, “Restart is a demand-driven programme and the government budgeted for a maximum uptake of 32,000.”

And even back then, Mr O’Connor had a dig at the program.

“It's the government’s program that needs a restart as it’s proving to be a dismal failure,” he said.

“No amount of rhetorical flourish from the Prime Minister can hide the real reason the program doesn’t work – there simply are not the jobs available.”

Labor’s last foray into supporting older workers – Experience + Jobs bonus scheme – also fell on its face, with only 230 of the 10,000 target taking advantage of the $1000 annual subsidy.

Labor has backed the Budget’s income tax cuts and business tax concessions but is so far blocking JobMaker pending a Senate inquiry.

“If Scott Morrison was serious about driving down unemployment and kickstarting the recovery, he would not be excluding almost a million Australians aged over 35 on unemployment payments from his new multi-billion-dollar wage subsidy scheme,” said Mr O’Connor.

There are also concerns the program could actually push older workers with jobs on to the unemployment line.

The JobMaker scheme itself already excludes older workers, says the Australian Council of Trade Unions, but the credits for employing younger people could also incentivise businesses to sack older workers in favour of subsidising younger workers.

Labor and the Coalition may have different views of older workers, but so far, both party’s plans to get them back to work have been flawed.

What government incentives would you like to see to get older workers back on the job?

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    Katie
    16th Oct 2020
    10:33am
    By this article older workers seem to be anyone over 35! Really? And yet, the 30-45 age group seems to be the ideal for employers looking for employees, not slave labour. Low end jobs they look for young or suedo 'contract' employees because the industrial laws have been diluted to allow this practice to flourish. The Govt needs to have a multi-faceted employment plan that is targeted at reducing the number of unemployed, no matter their age. If you reduce unemployment by 30% no matter the age of the unemployed, that is an achievement. Only brand advertising will change the perception of employers. Employing older workers eg over 50 is a bias that has developed along with the 50 years of glossy magazines that youthfulness is the holy grail. Nova employment have used branding for about 5 years to promote people with disabilities as valuable employees. And now it's finally gathering some momentum. The same needs to be done for older workers, once the actual definition of older employees is defined.
    In the current climate of Covid-19, Federal Govt will have to get their remote quarantine strategy together to manage international border virus so the confidence in the longevity of the economy can be rebuilt.
    JoJozep
    16th Oct 2020
    11:37am
    The answer to employing older aged workers (if you define 36 plus as old) is simple. First, let's get some basic facts. The government's real goal is to minimize expenditure, yet enable it to boast it spent $X million dollars helping the unemployed. There's the crunch! Why not make the "old" definition to be 30 or over, then the majority of workers would feel too old to be employed. But it would reduce government expenditure even further. Win Win for the government. Here is what the Australian economy really loses and which the government couldn't give a rat's arse about as it doesn't concern the number of voters.

    1. 10-15 years of on the job experience from those 35-45 lost. Once lost, never recovered.
    2. Basic income support for those with growing families. Devastation. No jobs available. There kids will be in the 5-10 age group, going to school and preparing for the future
    3. Mortgages/rent will cause undue hardship
    4. Consumption and expenditure will slump
    5. House prices will slump. Not such a brilliant move if your 30 year mortgage is worth much more than your property is worth
    6. Real estate investment will slump.
    7. Demand for the building sector will slump. In fact, demand in general. The list keeps going.

    Now, for those greedy companies (mostly overseas owned or controlled) who employ bean counters at outrageous wages to generate more profit (by employing younger people with lower experience at cheaper wages) I say, let's boycott their products or services. The bean counters will soon be sacked, they will improve product quality and the world will return to normal again. Up or down profit is the only way these bastards listen.

    Here's an example: I went to buy petrol on Monday, which for months has been around $1.08 per litre. Exactly the same service station as before (owned by Woolies) is now charging $1.48. Do they think we're stupid or something? That's 37% increase. The price of oil actually decreased slightly, so how come they get away with it? What is the pricing control authority doing? How can they allow this rate of profit in one day?

    Here is another example: Ford Broadmeadows in the early nineties built a new paint factory to replace the old lead based factory they had up till then. Yes the product improved, and very shiny cars rolled off the assembly line. The number of cars output per day also increased - more profit! Clap hands you say. The darker reality is they employed robots to do the bulk of paint spraying, so all they needed were 10-11 operators overseeing the robots and end quality. The previous 100-120 workers were no longer required. Ford still charged top dollar. The car I bought new in 1980 cost $29,000 dollars. It was a medium ford sedan. Wok out what $29.000 is worth today! I could have bout 4 Kias today. No wonder Ford went broke.

    Here's why.

    1. The government authority is in the pockets of the big petrol companies.
    2. The government must have instructed the control authority to keep their mouth shut as the revenue for the government from taxes on the wholesale price, increases at the same time
    3. Most important reason, kids went back to school in Victoria. So gullible mums shrug their shoulders and pay through the nose.

    I will never buy petrol from Woolies outlets again. It won't be long if there is enough backlash, they will drop their prices to what they were last month. They soon understand lack of business hurts their profit bottom line.

    This current government with their hands in big end of towns' pockets is all about good living for the well off and damm the rest, bit like the situation in France just before the revolution as well as Russia in 1919. Let's hope the bastards stay in power long enough so when they crash, it will be a big one.

    I feel this unfair government has to change to represent the Australian majority, not just a gifted few.
    Rae
    16th Oct 2020
    2:18pm
    Mum's taxi should not be allowed. Put kids on bikes, feet or buses.
    Farside
    17th Oct 2020
    10:00pm
    follow the terminal gate prices and retail prices so you can make an informed decision on your petrol purchases

    https://www.aip.com.au/pricing/terminal-gate-prices
    https://aip.com.au/pricing/victorian-retail-petrol-prices
    OzzieKrow
    16th Oct 2020
    11:48am
    Once again the government had the opportunity to do something for everyone and not mainly the wealthier employed. Just raising the tax threshold would have helped ALL taxpayers. Many pensioners are struggling especially those who have very little or no super. The pensions for those who do have super are regulated according to their assets and income EXCEPT for POLITICIANS. It is past time when they should be forced to conform to the laws which they have enacted.
    It is appalling to learn that company executives have taken pay rises when they have been reducing the income of their employees who actually do the work whether by cutting their hourly rates or contracting out the jobs at a lower rate. It is after all the workers who produce the goods for sale.
    All this is due to the "doctrinaire" approach of both major parties. We need to reflect on how many politicians have actually worked in the REAL world?
    We once had politicians who were representative of the population but not anymore.
    tisme
    16th Oct 2020
    12:03pm
    the government fails older workers , the disabled , carers , the list goes on yet still people vote for them . why should they change a system that works very well for them thankyou very much . as long as the people do nothing but whine and complain the polies wont do anything. when the polies tell lies in an attempt to gain votes but dont follow through on the promises isnt that fraud?? anyone able to challenge them ??
    Youngagain
    16th Oct 2020
    6:14pm
    We can't NOT vote for them, tisme. That's the real problem. We vote for one evil mob or the other, both with the same agenda. There is no choice. Vote independent or minor party and the preferences go to one of the majors. Until we find a way to get rid of the two party system, we are all stuffed.
    Farside
    17th Oct 2020
    10:32pm
    increase your influence over your political representatives by doing everything in your power to make it a marginal seat, regardless who is in government.
    OzzieKrow
    16th Oct 2020
    12:05pm
    In response to JoJozep' comments, I remember well the "Bunton plan" which gave a multi-million grant to Ford, their CEO retired and the grant went almost totally to him.
    What the government should have to the car industry was to take a stake in it. Millions of taxpayer dollars went to all of the resident car companies and they all moved of shore. With a sizable stake we could have restarted an Australian owned car plant and retained at least some of the skilled workers but sadly is so it easy to be wise after the event.
    Horace Cope
    16th Oct 2020
    12:58pm
    "What government incentives would you like to see to get older workers back on the job?"

    I can't see where government can do anything about older workers because it's the private sector that creates the bulk of the employment and they don't want older workers. I have an interest in this topic as I was made redundant in my late 40's with no formal qualifications and the industry in which I was employed was handing out redundancies all over the place. Hundreds of applications went, in the main, unanswered and on the very rare occasion I got an interview, the reason for missing out on a job was never anything to do with age. Employers are too clever to fall into the discrimination trap so any studies done as regards older worker employment will invariably miss the real reason. At one stage I had a lump sum of $6000 attached to give to an employer as an incentive to employ older workers. One of the conditions was to be employed fulltime for at least 6 months and the day the 6 months was up I was told the company was downsizing and I had to go.
    Buggsie
    16th Oct 2020
    1:14pm
    The key phrase in your rant is "made redundant .. with no formal qualifications...". Education and training is a lifelong commitment and those who fail to seek to improve their own qualifications through appropriate training and reeducation inevitably become unemployed and unemployable. A lesson that lots of workers, young and old should heed particularly in the current economic climate. Industries rise and fall and those workers who keep up with the changes are rarely without work. Look at the waterfront industries. Wharfies as they were known in the sixties and seventies mainly required physical strength and fitness, but as cargo handling methods changed skills like container management and heavy vehicle driving came to the forefront. Some kept up, others who resisted change simply added to ranks of the unemployed. Now its IA capable computers, robotics and software management - new skills emerging all the time. Think what will happen within the next 20 years when most of our vehicles are electric - those who work in the auto servicing industry will face changes we can only dream about today.
    Horace Cope
    16th Oct 2020
    2:48pm
    Wow Buggsie, your arrogance is breathtaking. Without knowing who I am, you have made a startling assumption. In my employ of over 35 years, I did courses applicable to my employer and reached managerial level with qualifications specific to the industry that didn't translate to other industries.
    sainter
    16th Oct 2020
    3:11pm
    Exactly once the Govt hand out money incentives to employ people...employers will look for a loophole to fill their own pockets...but the Govt keep going on with these schemes it's as if they want this nonsense to happen....sick of listening to all these slogans and job creation figures from the Prime Minister and other Ministers in the Federal Govt.
    sainter
    16th Oct 2020
    3:11pm
    Exactly once the Govt hand out money incentives to employ people...employers will look for a loophole to fill their own pockets...but the Govt keep going on with these schemes it's as if they want this nonsense to happen....sick of listening to all these slogans and job creation figures from the Prime Minister and other Ministers in the Federal Govt.
    Youngagain
    16th Oct 2020
    6:20pm
    Buggsie, it would be nice if it was as easy as you seem to suggest. The reality is that many of us didn't have the opportunity to pursue higher education or trade training, but learned in 'the school of life' and got on well, until some idiot decided a piece of paper had more worth than years of real world experience and proven ability. Without certain pre-requisites, and the luxury of study time and potentially money to pay hefty fees, it is impossible for many to obtain that elusive piece of paper, yet they may be perfectly competent and up-to-date with their skills. I've been there, and it's prevented me getting employment while people who were nowhere near as capable or experienced took the job because they had a 'degree' (possibly as useful as a card out of a cereal box, but a 'degree' nonetheless). To be perfectly honest, my loss was my fault, because I was offered the chance to buy a degree at modest cost without doing the study and I was too ethical to accept. Silly me!
    Peter H
    16th Oct 2020
    1:42pm
    I don't the government for the failure of the Restart scheme. Most employers just don't want older employees. It is that simple. The government's failure is requiring unrealistic mutual obligations for older workers for Jobseeker payments. I would like to see them meet the obligations. Further, if you own your own home, food, clothing, energy costs, land rates, water rates, car registration and insurances all need to be met from less than $300 a week. This payment, whilst is generally accepted as inadequate, the government is seeking to have it cancelled for the recipients. Not easy for people who might have worked 40+ years and contributed to government funds to help fund run the country.
    Cheezil61
    16th Oct 2020
    4:40pm
    Spot on!
    Peter H
    16th Oct 2020
    5:03pm
    Please read 1st sentence as "I don't blame ..."
    Rae
    16th Oct 2020
    2:14pm
    What was the reason these workers only lasted 3 months or 6 months. Were they sacked or did they resign?

    Maybe employ a few older workers in retail to teach the young ones about what they are selling and how to read instructions. Simple tasks like restocking shelves seems beyond them and nobody knows what they are selling or anything about it which seems very odd.
    Eddy
    16th Oct 2020
    5:47pm
    Rae, 'were they sacked or did they resign', Probably the former and for the same reason my older grandchildren lost their part time jobs in fast food outlets, once they attained 18 years of age and were entitled to adult wages, they were replaced by 15 year olds. These oldies who ran out of subsidy were replaced by another oldie with a new subsidy. It is all about the money Rae.
    By the way my grandkids got new part-time jobs working in the alcohol retailing industry where being 18 was a requirement.
    Hammo
    16th Oct 2020
    2:49pm
    Hi to all.
    I would love to work again but spend 6 hours a day 7 days a week helping the Agedcare home look after my beautiful wife of 56 years.
    The carers are fantastic but their numbers are limited and my presence helps them .
    The unfairness is that as a self funded retiree I pay a Government means test which together with Agedcare fees totals $1000.00 a week.
    I am not complaining And I don’t want a handout but I drive a 20 year old car and live very frugally. Something I never thought I would be doing in my 75th year.
    Unfortunately in Australia our decision makers have Forgotten the Australian way of a fair go for all.
    Best wishes to all
    Cheezil61
    16th Oct 2020
    4:39pm
    Something's not right in this country & this makes my blood boil, you shouldn't be treated like this after paying taxes all your life!
    Farside
    17th Oct 2020
    10:40pm
    “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” ... life is a lottery and not always fair, sometimes we just do what we have to do
    Youngagain
    18th Oct 2020
    3:04pm
    The fact that some folk are worse off doesn't make it okay, Farside. It's a disgrace that Hammo is forced to pay those costs just because he did what governments urged us all to do - save for retirement. It's disgusting. And if he were to abandon his wife... Then the State would pick up the tab for her care. Doing the right thing results in harsh penalties in today's Australia. It's past time we all joined forces to demand change.
    Farside
    19th Oct 2020
    1:49pm
    Youngagain, it's not about making it ok but rather accepting his situation. Nobody is suggesting Hammo abandon his wife. Sometimes you just accept what life brings your way and, as Hammo has done, get on with it with minimum drama. Sure things could be better but complaining about is not going to ease the situation.
    Youngagain
    20th Oct 2020
    5:21pm
    I disagree, Farside. A concise, carefully-worded letter to politicians and others with relevant powers can often turn the tide - especially if many people write similar complaints. Alerting people to the problem is the key to rallying support to demand change. It's never easy, but it's not impossible.
    Farside
    20th Oct 2020
    9:14pm
    obviously then nobody has done as you suggest Youngagain. Sometimes it's just easy to get on with it unless you have no other choice.
    KSS
    16th Oct 2020
    2:51pm
    So why has my previos comment been deleted and my account been logged out meaning I had to reverify my account?
    panos
    16th Oct 2020
    3:23pm
    If they want to keep older people working.... how about for those over 65 halve there bloody tax rate to give them some incentive to keep working..

    Never mind lining the pockets of the bosses again and again its just stupid
    Cheezil61
    16th Oct 2020
    4:37pm
    So true!
    Youngagain
    16th Oct 2020
    6:22pm
    Keep working after 65 and you'll probably find yourself worse off for bothering, given the way the stupid means tests work.
    ozjames70
    16th Oct 2020
    9:23pm
    Totally agree and also agree with Youngagain.
    Farside
    17th Oct 2020
    10:42pm
    halving the tax rate for over 65 might benefit some older workers and at the same time create another opportunity for the wealthy to further game the system to their advantage
    Mariner
    18th Oct 2020
    10:49am
    Cash-in-hand jobs only for over 65s. Anything else is rather stupid. Hard to get I know but there are still some around. Tidying up someone's yard comes to mind - I certainly paid cash for that a few times.
    Cheezil61
    16th Oct 2020
    4:36pm
    Anyone over 60 should be encouraged to stop working, especially if they have been working all of their life - a lot of them are exhausted & unable to continue working (ie ineligible for disability pension tho they are physically or mentally unable to keep going they are forced into it,)- why do we want to keep making it harder for them when we should be making it easier! Throw this money at helping them retire so the younger ones (50 & under for example) can keep working! Sick of life being so bloody hard for us oldies (59 here & just a worn out piece of crap from shiftwork & I'm sick of being told I need to work harder & longer). There are no jobs for us already & employers don't want us anyway, why would they!
    Peter H
    16th Oct 2020
    5:21pm
    The voice of experience.
    KSS
    16th Oct 2020
    5:58pm
    Ridiculous Cheezil61. Sweeping statements like this do nothing for anyone. YOU may be "just a worn out piece of crap" but I am older and certainly am not!
    ozjames70
    16th Oct 2020
    9:31pm
    Speak for yourself Cheezil61. I'm over 70 and happy to do some work to make my life easier. Regrettably there are few offers, but I find some. And the TTR program provides a favorable tax rate. Just a shame that our politicians want to take anything we've worked for and saved and give it to others, or worse to big businesses and banks.
    libsareliars
    16th Oct 2020
    5:18pm
    The LNP won't do anything, they're too busy trying to put out all the spot fires that they have created.
    KSS
    16th Oct 2020
    5:59pm
    Unlike the ALP who had a roaring furnace they walked away from!
    Youngagain
    17th Oct 2020
    3:13pm
    Yes, KSS. It's amusing to read posts by people who want to jump out of the frying pan into a blazing fire. But ALP does a good job of deceiving. That's about all they do well, but they do that brilliantly.
    Farside
    17th Oct 2020
    11:12pm
    fundamentally the LNP and ALP have chosen different parts of the economy they want to grow, and those they prefer to see decline. As such they choose different kinds of jobs and services they want more of in the economy, and those they want fewer of and the kinds of risks they want to reduce to make Australia less dangerous. Only then do they allocate resources to suit their priorities while managing the politics to retain power in order to implement those priorities.
    sainter
    19th Oct 2020
    5:52pm
    Gee KSS if you think Labor had a furnace and walked away,this Government won't even admit any faults....it's always someone else's fault or nothing to see here.
    sainter
    19th Oct 2020
    5:52pm
    Gee KSS if you think Labor had a furnace and walked away,this Government won't even admit any faults....it's always someone else's fault or nothing to see here.
    JoJozep
    17th Oct 2020
    12:31pm
    let's begin by saying we should keep politics out of this problem. If I may, how about we look at what problems face older workers. The severity of the problem for older workers (now defined by Mr. Frydenberg as being those over 35) is dependent on demand.

    Different industries demand specific skills. One industry or trade cannot be easily converted into another, unless the participant is keen to completely change their way of life to follow the new guidelines and processes.

    By this I mean, how much could you expect a bricklayer to become an artist or photographer or car salesman or even a plumber or cabinet maker? How much could you expect the reverse scenario to happen?

    Because of downsizing (note; in jobs, not profits) there simply aren't the jobs in specific areas let alone the wide variety of options that suit a particular applicant. If, because of various reasons and breaks in life you have basically no talents and no specialties, you are competing for the meager few jobs in the monotonous, repetitive industries, which are usually the first to go and replaced by robots.

    So what can a person do to become employable? Firstly, write down a list what you would like to do, not necessarily your present job. Then look at the list and concentrate the list in order of preference. Also, define whether you want to work for yourself or for a company. Lets assume you like the following, and your present or past job is/was that of a cleaner.

    1. You like artistry/painting
    2. You like working outdoors
    3. You like working indoors
    4. You like doing an apprenticeship in a trade of choice
    5. You like police work
    6. You like photography
    7. You like cooking
    8. You like animals
    9. You like farming
    10.You like fishing
    11. You like developing rare orchids or even herbs, and you can build a small greenhouse.

    There are hundreds more, just start dreaming what else you might like to do. Very soon you will focus on what is required for each of 2 or 3 main pursuits. Look up the internet to source ideas.

    If for example you like designing dresses then all you need to start is a sewing machine to learn to sow, get one from the OP shop, and some cheap material, do some sketches and try making a dress, perhaps borrowing your daughter as a model so you can master proportion and style. Then read all you can about fashion design. Very soon, because it is your long desired passion, you get on the net and start the process of commercialization. If you are successful, and there is no reason why not, you soon become self employed and run your own company, employing others along the way showing similar energy and enthusiasm.

    Because you become creative, no robot will replace you, however if your design is a hit, you could eventually have robots to cut the fabric, sew the material and you could rent window space in a shop to advertise your design. Or you could rely on other workers to do your sewing. If you think positively, you will succeed in whatever your new "hobby" will become.

    Clearly, people in low paid jobs need to spend a little time thinking about their future. Break the routine of going to work, come home tired, maybe cook for the family, clean the house and then fall immediately to sleep until waking up early, going to work and repeating the cycle day in and day out. If you become redundant (those pesky robots again), you will find it hard to get work, because thousands more are now in the same boat.

    Don't think because you had no or little schooling for example, you don't have a creative brain. It's just sitting there waiting to be tapped and energized. Trust me, when I arrived in Australia in 1950 and knew no english, I was dubbed "the rubbish boy" at school, as all I could do was go around the school with a sign around my neck and picking up everyone's discarded rubbish. The teacher of grade 5 even told my father I was hopeless and would never get a job.
    My father explained to me what was happening, and what where the basic steps to catch up with the others. I tried my best, and soon as I perfected english, I was teaching trigonometry to grade 7 and physics in grades 8 & 9 and dux of the school. I was the only student in my primary school to win a free scholarship at Melb. Uni. and the only one from that school to get a degree that year. My life improved from there on.

    So I say to all who are feeling perhaps depressed, give it a go, do your own research, and before long you will succeed. Australia is similar to the frontier Country the USA was in the mid 20th century! There were no limits to inventions and new discoveries, and we are moving in that direction. Let your imagination run wild!
    Unknown
    18th Oct 2020
    2:18pm
    It is most surprising and disappointing that no government is really serious about or even want to help matured age people find and/ or remain in work. If nor so, why it can not reserve/ demark, or at least given priority in certain jobs in the government sector for people above certain age? On the contrary, there seems a clear bias against the aged people, as get reflected in most job desciptions starting with "kick-start/ develop your career in -----." It will be prudent to think and identify certain jobs where age and experience matters rather than giving preference to the younger generation in all types of jobs. It is harsh to deny jobs to matured age people, even when they prove competence and fully deserve, by making selection "strictly on the factors other than merits." This is also illogical particulary, when there is a move to increase the age pension age. The government itself is well-aware that "Restart Program" has not produced results, as it no incentive for employers. Rather than fooling people and wasting money on Job Provider services, a really workable and fruitful policy and program need to be formulated. The only benefit of this system is that it has created jobs for "Job Advisers" in thsee centres doing periodic phone appointments to ascertain that the job-seeker is alive and has not gone overseas. Hope, the government may seriously think of productively utilising the valuable human resource of at least the deserving, capable and willing matured age workers through appropriate policies and programs.
    Incognito
    18th Oct 2020
    8:16pm
    The whole JobMaker is a farce, if the employers needed workers they would employ someone anyway, they will have to get rid of someone to get a young person on to get their subsidy, no job has been made. Big business will rake in extra money for bigger profits.


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