Willing to Work

by Australian Human rights Commission

(Other)

img

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability

Project implemented: 2 May 2016

Project goal

To examine discriminatory employment practices, attitudes and laws affecting older Australians; recommend changes and action

delivering on

why is this project important?

The Commission’s aim is that the findings and recommendations will spark action and commitment to lift labour force participation of older people and people with disability

Key steps to make it happen

1National Inquiry

2The Report

56 recommendations, 72 examples of good practice from employers, and 44 case studies outlining individual experiences

3Implementation

The Commission is implementing a number of recommendations directly as well as facilitating projects with other stakeholders

1. Increased awareness of older people’s rights by a range of interested parties 2. Increased engagement by relevant stakeholders 3. Development of projects that are now underway

The right to work, free from discrimination on any basis, is a fundamental human right. Too many older Australians and Australians with disability are denied this right and are thus prevented from enjoying the independence, dignity and sense of purpose that work brings.

Willing to Work was the first national inquiry into this employment discrimination.

The Commission conducted 120 public consultations with stakeholders between July 2015 and February 2016. The related research found that discrimination contributes to higher absenteeism, lower productivity, higher staff turnover and increased recruitment costs, as well as lost business opportunities from abandoning experience and corporate knowledge.

As a result of the inquiry, the Commission proposed recommendations for change, including evidence-based solutions based on initiatives that are already in place and producing results in some workplaces.

The report was released in May 2016.

related projects

SDG Toolkit for Systems Thinking and Collaborative Approache... by Australian Council for International Development
Global goals for local communities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
Green Star by Green Building Council of Australia
SDG National Forum by Fatouma TOURE
Strengthening the Effectiveness and Extent of Medical Physic... by Australian Nuclear Science and Technlogoy Organisation (ASNTO)
ChildFund Pass It Back by ChildFund Australia
Northconnex by Transurban
We’re all in this Together by Healthy Cities Illawarra (HCI) and University of Wollongong (UOW)
International Legal Training Program by McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer
Thriving Communities Partnership by Thriving Communities Partnership
creating the capacity for people to invest space with meanin... by Place Agency at the University of Melbourne
Circular Economy Design Sprint by The Common Purpose Collective
Addressing the social determinants of injury by The George Institute for Global Health
Kwale Cotton Project by Business for Development
Get the experience and training you need to find a job by Department of Jobs and Small Business
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Economic independence on traditional land by Indigenous Business Australia
Anti-Racism: It Stops with me campaign by Australian Human Rights Commission
LiveGAPS by CSIRO
My Blue Sky by Anti-Slavery Australia
Applying SDGs – Determining Socio-Economic Indicators ... by Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria
Business & Sustainability Forum Series by United Nations Association of Australia (WA)
Fighting hunger in australia by Foodbank Australia
Promoting the Advancement of Women Everywhere by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd
The Individual Deprivation Measure Global Program by Individual Deprivation Measure
Delivering sustainable development through infrastructure by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
The Victorian Salt Reduction Partnership by The George Institute for Global Health
Spatial data infrastructure to help monitor and evaluate Aus... by AURIN – Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
Achieving gender balance in water utilities by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA)
ANZ SDG Bond by Australia New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)
Barangaroo South by Lendlease
Cooling the planet to feed the World by PundaZoie Company Pty. Ltd.
Day At The Zoo by City West Water
Strong Women. Strong Business by Indigenous Business Australia
Financial Inclusion Action Plan by Good Shepherd Microfinance
Green Star – Communities by Green Building Council of Australia
Economic empowerment for women in Tanzania by Australian Volunteers program

Does your organisation have a project to include?