Campaign for older workers? APS has doubled its veterans

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The Employment Minister launches Power of Oldness anti-discrimination campaign. But his public service portfolio appears to have a retirement problem.

The Australian public service has caught up to and surpassed some of its state counterparts in its percentage of older workers. It comes as a campaign to encourage employment of older workers was launched yesterday by Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan and Employment Minister Eric Abetz.

The Power of Oldness anti-discrimination video campaign was launched in Sydney yesterday. Ryan says community attitudes and employer practices are not keeping pace with the massive demographic change Australia is facing.

State and federal public services, however, seem to be doing rather well by that metric. The nation’s largest public sector, New South Wales, has a median age of 45 years, compared to 40 years for the general workforce in the state. Just 18% of the state’s workforce is over 55, compared with 24% of the public service according to the latest Public Sector Commission figures.

Similarly in Victoria, workers aged 50 or over account for 35% of the state’s public sector, but only 27% of the entire workforce. The Victorian Public Sector Commission attributes the difference in its State of the Public Sector report to:

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