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Reports & Government Submissions


Catherine Rickwood, Natasha Ginnivan, Meiwei Li, Mitiku Hambisa, Kaarin J. Anstey

A recent CEPAR (2021) report brought to light several opportunities for accessing the ageing population including the need for employers to have better strategies to recruit and retain older workers. The 3i framework of Include, Individualise and Integrate, outlined by CEPAR researchers, Professor Sharon Parker and Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniela Andrei, provides a broad approach for organisations to manage mature workers.

The results and findings presented in this report contribute to the knowledge in this area. The need to understand the enablers and barriers for creating a multigenerational workforce across age groups and seniority is considered critical. For organisations to embrace age diversity it’s essential that senior executives and managers know what’s required for older and younger workers to effectively and harmoniously work together for individual and collective benefit.


Cheryl Sykes and Marylène Gagné

This report presents a detailed qualitative study of mature age individuals navigating Australia's mandatory employment services while on income support. Aimed at exploring the challenges and experiences of these jobseekers, the study utilised open comments from online surveys across five time intervals with a sample of 173 respondents. Participants comments are discussed through three themes:

  • The impact of 'mutual obligations’ requirements and ‘work first’ policy settings.

  • The quality and value of the service received from employment service providers.

  • Interactions with the labour market and employers.

Additional quantitative insights were gained on two other factors of interest: occupational and worker identities and their relationship with future job prospects.



Marc de Cure, John Piggott, Hazel Bateman, Rafal Chomik, and Michael Sherris

This submission to the Australian Government’s consultation on the objective of superannuation comments on the Consultation Paper on Legislating the Objective of Superannuation. The submission has two parts: The first directly addresses the consultation questions; the second raises issues with the consultation paper not covered by our responses to the consultation questions. 


Andreea Constantin, Myra Hamilton, Marian Baird

Much of the research on the impacts of the pandemic on work-life reconciliation has focused on parents of young children. People with care responsibilities for other family members, such as ageing relatives, relatives with a disability or chronic illness, or grandchildren, have been much less studied during the pandemic. Carers of these groups are more likely to be aged 45 and above. This report aims to fill this gap in research by exploring the circumstances of mature Australians (aged 45 and above) who had care responsibilities during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to understand the experiences of mature-aged carers (including carers of an ageing relative, carers of a person with a disability or chronic illness, grandparents, and parental carers, described collectively in this report as ‘carers’), the research team surveyed a panel of Australians aged 45 and above between June 2020 and October 2021 about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of their work, family lives and wellbeing. Data was collected at four separate time points: June 2020, November 2020, April 2021 and October 2021. This analysis offers insights into how mature Australians reconciled their family and care responsibilities with paid work in the context of the pandemic across the four time points.

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Marian Baird, Myra Hamilton, Lisa Gulesserian, Alison Williams, Sharon Parker

This report provides the first detailed analysis of how Australian employers have experienced and adapted to COVID-19. Between May to October 2020, the research team interviewed 32 leaders, managers and officers at 28 organisations across Australia. Employers from 14 private, 11 government (federal, state and local) and three not-for-profit organisations participated, with between 8 and 35,000 employees in seven states and territories. Employers were in industries including advertising, community services, engineering, fast-moving consumer goods, government, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, insurance, pharmaceutical, professional services/legal, publishing, retail, telecommunications, transport, utilities, and wholesale.


Rafal Chomik and John Piggott 

This submission has grown from a series of interactions with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety secretariat, broadly focused on the question of financing aged care. Communications with the Commission have included a series of questions on this topic. This submission provides responses to these questions, but provide a broader frame for context and coherence.

Federal Budget

Hazel Bateman, Robbie Campo, David Constable, Isabella Dobrescu, Ailsa Goodwin, Junhao Liu, Ben R Newell and Susan Thorp

This industry report investigates what is driving people's decision to withdraw their superannuation under the COVID-19 Superannuation Early Release Scheme.

By mid-August 2020, Australian superannuation fund members had made more than 3 million applications to withdraw retirement savings under the COVID-19 Superannuation Early Release Scheme, supporting more than $31B in payments. The relaxation of conditions for early release of superannuation savings changed a fundamental feature of the Australian retirement savings system. Responses of members to the early release scheme highlight the effectiveness of the standard superannuation preservation rules. Early withdrawals have short-term and long-term consequences for individual members who take payments under the scheme, and for society as a whole.


Michael Sherris

This submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety provides responses for a possible approach to the Financing of Aged Care in Australia.


Michael Sherris

This submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety provides initially some general background comments on Aged Care Financing and a discussion of Aged Care Risks and Private Market Insurance Product Innovation based on collaborative research on aged care financing and insuring. Against this background, it then provides selective responses to relevant Questions in the Consultation Paper 2 - Financing Aged Care.