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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


MEDIA RELEASE


THE WHIDDON GROUP RECOGNISED AT DIVERSITY@WORK AWARDS


Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today congratulated the winners

of last night’s Diversity@Work Awards, which recognise employers with positive and

inclusive employment practices, including those that support mature-aged workers.


The Whiddon Group was presented with the Employment and Inclusion of Mature

Aged Workers Award – sponsored by the Gillard Government – in recognition of their

contribution to removing the barriers to participation of mature-aged workers in the

workforce. 


More than 65 per cent of The Whiddon Group’s workforce is aged over 45, with 28

per cent aged 55 years or older. 


Mr Butler congratulated The Whiddon Group and urged more Australian businesses

to consider the skills and experience of mature aged workers.


“Mature age workers can offer employers a combination of experience, strong work

ethic, commitment to quality, and low absenteeism,” Mr Butler said. 


“In today’s competitive workplace, with an ageing population and many sectors of the

economy experiencing a shortage of skilled labour, it is important to have employees

who can bring that special combination of skill and experience to a workplace.


“As the workforce becomes a smaller proportion of our society, employees cannot

afford to waste the potential of older Australians. Anyone who wants to join the

workforce should be able to do so without having to face additional barriers or

discrimination. 


“I’d like to congratulate the award winners and nominees for making that extra effort

to accommodate workers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.”


The Whiddon Group has created a more flexible work environment for mature-aged

workers, including access to Grandparent's Leave, five weeks of annual leave,

flexible work arrangements, a Scholarship Program, and support to encourage

workers to convert their valuable workplace experience into formal qualifications.



15 October 2010 


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