4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Sep 2003  
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The 'An Ageless Workforce - Opportunities for Business' Symposium was held in Sydney on 27 August 2003. National Seniors' Association and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the Symposium. The objective of the Symposium was to raise the awareness of the business community of the labour market impacts of demographic change and how current employment practices affect the work force participation of workers as they age.

The Minister for Ageing, Kevin Andrews MP, opened the Symposium and The Prime Minister, John Howard MP delivered the luncheon address to 500 business leaders.

ABS spokesperson, Alan Mackay (Assistant Statistician, Health and Community Statistics Branch), presented a statistical summary of mature age workers, encompassing changes in participation rates by age over time, structural shifts in the labour force, labour mobility and labour force experience issues.

Key Symposium papers are available at