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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (19 November) . .

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2055 and will include over 40,000 people aged 100 years or older. By 2055 men can expect to live on average to at least 95 years and women to 96 years of age.

We have an obligation to respond to this challenge. In the context of mature age employment, we will find that many older Canberrans will want to remain in the workforce until their late 70s or perhaps beyond. Our range of mature age employment initiatives in the ACT must also ensure that valuable corporate knowledge, skills and work expertise are not prematurely lost.

The statement of intent endeavours to create a collective framework with the focus on activities in the ACT which have the potential to deliver improved employment outcomes across the age spectrum and which maximise active engagement, access to and independence of the workforce in the ACT.

The statement of intent brings together the ACT government, Illawarra Retirement Trust Foundation, the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner and the Ambassador for Mature Age Employment, the Hon. Susan Ryan AO, to work collaboratively on a range of projects to tackle the issue of age discrimination in the workplace. This will include projects identified as possible areas for development such as the mature age workforce roundtable for employers, a career check-up program for mature workers and the intergenerational job share initiative.

The government cannot work in isolation to develop priorities for older people living in the ACT, and the statement of intent will add to the body of knowledge that will encourage thought and action among government, businesses, recruitment entities and employment agencies and individuals as well. I thank the staff at the ACT Office for Ageing, the Hon. Susan Ryan as well and Mr Toby Dawson, IRT Foundation manager, and look forward to seeing our intent to work together producing some positive benefits for the ACT's mature age workers. I commend the ACT mature age workforce strategy statement of intent to the Assembly.

Active ageing framework 2015-18

Paper and statement by minister

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Active Ageing Framework 2015-2018.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: As the Minister for Ageing, I table the ACT active framework and associated action plan for 2015-18. The previous strategic plan for positive ageing, which has served as the blueprint and guidance document for our ageing policies since 2009, expired at the end of 2014. The active ageing framework 2015-18 and


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