Having trouble finding experienced staff?

Skilled mature workers could be your solution!

The Canberra Business Chamber has partnered through an ACT Government (Skills Canberra) funded Mature Workers Employment Initiative, with CIT and other interest groups.
The objective of the partnership is to change traditional patterns and generate general awareness, amongst businesses, employers and recruiters regarding the many benefits of hiring mature workers (people aged 45 years or older, and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or older). Furthermore, the program will address barriers experienced by older workers, tackling bias and tackling stereotyping towards mature workers, and help opening doors for mature job seekers seeking to upskill or reskill.

Why Mature Workers?

Like all employees, mature workers bring a range of skills, capabilities, (life) experience, wisdom and talents to the workplace. Mature workers generally have a great work ethic and create immediate value for organisations. Usually mature workers have mental maturity. They can help to hone/mentor young staff and talent. Mature workers can also help you understand better what your customers or clients may need and give you an edge over your competitors by providing a higher level of service.

What can I do?

  • Register your interest by getting in touch with our Program Manager, Lilian Mellink on 02 6247 4199, or joining our mailing list.
  • Use the information, stories and video on this page to help you gain a greater understanding of the benefits of employing a mature worker.
  • Consider attending one of our information sessions and or workshops. These sessions will give you the opportunity to learn more about the program and positive outcomes it provides. Moreover, you will learn about the (assessment) tools and financial packages and support that are available for businesses and employers, and network with fellow Canberra Business Chamber members who are already doing this.

The following sessions are scheduled:

  • Wednesday the 11th of Novembre 2020 from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
    Peer to Peer information session No. 3
  • Wednesday the 20th of January 2021 from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
    Peer to Peer information session No. 4
  • Wednesday the 17th February 2021 from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
    Employer workshop No. 4

You can register for these sessions through the Training and Events button on our web page.

Benefits for Employers?

If you want to learn more about the available (financial) support and incentives for employers, please contact Lilian Mellink (Mature Workers Program Manager) at the Canberra Business Chamber.

“When it comes to learning new things, there is just no age limit, and the more intellectually engaged people remain when they are older, the more they will contribute to the labor market”.

“Age diverse (inclusive) teams perform better – people feel more psychological safety and are more innovative, engaging and profitable”.

“Age inclusion is better for the economy”

“Older workers usually have robust management and leadership skills, they have more ‘workplace wisdom’ and strong networks and they are more interested in stability”.

“A strong work ethic, loyalty, and communications and life skills are just a few reasons you may want to hire an older worker over a younger one”.

“Australia’s ageing population means business will need to invest in mature age employees”

Frequently asked questions

No, recruiting and retaining mature-age workers can save costs to employers through increased rates of retention, lower rates of absenteeism, reducing ongoing recruitment and training costs, and greater investment returns on training. Also, mature age workers help to hone young staff and talent.

    • Retention of mature age workers can help maintain corporate memory and save employers the cost of reinventing the wheel.

No, numerous studies show that mature age workers are less likely to take sick leave and experience work-related injuries compared to younger workers.


No, experience is a better indicator of productivity than age; a study of OECD nations concluded that verbal skills, communication and intelligence remain unchanged as a person ages. ABS data shows that Australians aged 55-64 are the fastest growing users of information technology.

No, mature aged workers are more likely to stay in a job for a longer time than younger workers, so, training and developing mature workers would bring a greater investment returns on the training provided.

Yes, Mature Workers have a wealth of (life)experience and people skills and they can help you understand what your customers or clients may need and give you an edge over your competitors by providing better service. There is also a strategic business advantage of having employees who reflect the diversity of the customer base as the Australian populations ages.

Yes, employing mature workers will also improve the company’s reputation, especially now as consumers and job seekers put more value on the organisation’s culture and how they respond to social issues.

The Mature Workers Grants Program is an initiative of the ACT Government Skills Canberra