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22 May 2012
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30 April 2012
After a little break getting back into the challenge of keeping you informed.
Also a reminder that all information from this website is avilable, by request, in larger format.
Human Rights Commision submission to the Inquiry into the responsiveness of Australian Government services to Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse population.
Also launched today
13/3/12 Keeping our older workforce
Two recent discussions on this topic, both provide clear evidence that we have a problem, a need to keep older
Australian’s in the workforce, that being over 50 does not diminish a person’s ability to work, that there is a need to respect and take advantage of existing skills and that we need to change negative perceptions of older workers.
Nothing yet on what we will also need to do to accommodate this workforce, ie deal with the natural elements of healthy aging such as reduced vision and hearing.
Mixed Findings Amongst HR Consultants
A recent survey by the AHRI of over 1200 HR consultants nationwide, had mixed finding on how mature workers are treated in the workplace.
Over a third believe their organisation is biased against older workers, with a third convinced that negative perceptions of mature workers don’t impact on employment practices.
83% would like to see their organisations take positive steps to retain older workers, whilsthalf supported that idea of government initiatives to helprecruit more mature staff.
Demography is Not Destiny
On 8 March the Human Rights Commission –Aged Discrimination Commissioner –Susan Ryan gave a presentation at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, included in her talk..
" Employment specific human rights conventions contain provisions relating to the rights of older people to career guidance and training without discrimination.
A recent study by the Financial Services council, reported that 35% of middle income workers over 50 years, claimed they felt discriminated against because of their age.
From the ‘demography as disaster’ perspective, older people are seen entirely in negative terms."
She went on to outline details of a number of studies on workplace participation and retirement age. Overall very few Australians retire voluntarily before the age of 65. Many under 65 who are not working would prefer to be employed.
Contined next column.....
ComAbility Training Calendar to
June 2012 Now Out!
Add value to your work, build your mass communications skills to reaching audiences with sensory disability / limitation from diverse cultures and or with low English Literacy.
New ministerial position- Federal
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
In the recent federal ministerial reshuffle a new ministry for Multicultural Affairs has been created. This reflects increased recognition by the government on the need to focus and implement multicultural and non-discriminatory policies.The new minister Senator Kate Lundy had previously
been parliamentary secretary for Multicultural
What do we do to inform people with a sensory disability and low English literacy about flood risk?
Floods across both NSW and Victoria, with more rain forecast. What are we doing to ensure ALL people have access to the information they need and are prepared?
Just checked the Victorian SES website, I couldn’t find any accessibility features. There are links to other languages, but written in English, then have to click again on yet another English word, to finally get to some information- which is not relevant to any immediate emergency!
I also discovered a link to something called Emergency Information Victoria. http://emergencyvic.info/. This is a trial site, but nothing in an alternative form.
To be fair I thought I’d check out the Bureau of Meteorology site and realised there are also no apparent accessibility or other features.
Finally, though not relevant with today’s weather, I had a look at the CFA site. Wow, major changes here since I last looked. The design includes clearer links, bigger typeface and ability to make larger, other language too…a great start.
The point is that unfortunately in 2012 our emergency services are only just now beginning to be empowered to ensure that their messages are available to all! I am aware that in some quarters there is discussion about this going on.
Let’s all advocate and support them to work towards information, especially emergency, being more accessible in the near future.
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