Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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22 Jul 2011 - Helping Employers Attract and Retain Mature Workers
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT PARTICIPATION
AND CHILD CARE
22 July 2011
Helping employers attract and retain mature workers
Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, in collaboration with the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to over 7500 employers to urge them to better recruit and retain mature age workers.
Employers have received a tool-kit providing tips on better recruitment and retention strategies and an invitation to sign-on to a new Employment Charter, which is a call-to-action for employers, encouraging them to recruit the best, regardless of age.
Ms Ellis said this will help identify corporate champions, who are leading the way in the employment of mature age workers.
"The Investing in Experience Tool Kit has been developed in partnership with Australian Industry Group and in consultation with employers," Ms Ellis said.
"The Kit provides a step-by-step guide, delivered as a book and handy USB that will help employers make the changes needed to recruit and retain mature age workers.
"The Charter is about encouraging investment in the transfer of knowledge and skills between generations, and the development of policies and procedures that are known to extend the working life of valued employees," Ms Ellis said.
Ms Ellis said the employers have received the new Investing in Experience Employment Charter, which outlines nine better practice principles to help them create positive change.
Employers who take up the challenge of implementing the Charter may be able to access more than $70 million in government support through the Experience+ program.
Employers can also access training grants of $4950, if they have eligible mature age workers, who mentor or supervise Australian Apprentices or Trainees.
Other measures include free career counselling for mature age staff, face-to-face support and training for mature age workers with health conditions, and help and training to redeploy mature age workers to less physically demanding roles.
The initiative forms part of the important work of the Government's Consultative Forum on Mature Age Participation, and complements the work of Australia's first dedicated Age Discrimination Commissioner.
Copies of the Employment Charter and Tool Kit and more information about Experience+ are available at www.deewr.gov.au/experienceplus, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 13 17 64.