Inclusive ageing

As the number of older Australians increases, many are likely to experience financial hardship and various challenges including ill-health and declining contact with family and friends.

An older man paints as part of social inclusion activities.

Ensuring that all older Australians have the capabilities to enjoy a decent quality of later life is an important goal for communities and governments. In a policy context of stretched health and welfare budgets the greatest burden must not fall on the most vulnerable individuals or groups.

Our research work considers reforms to the tax and transfer system to benefit older Australians at risk of poverty, and policies to overcome disadvantage of older workers in the labour market.

We will also examine the impact of aged care reforms, especially the marketisation of care, on those living on low incomes or those with limited family support. Our research includes a study of the effects of regulation on aged care services for people with cognitive decline.

In addition we are exploring the importance of social connection and social capital in maintaining the quality of people’s lives, with specific attention to the concept of age-friendly cities and enabling people to engage in a digitised society.


Enhancing job services for older Australians
Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast will focus on employment services.


Networks of care: valuing social capital in community aged care services

This pilot research project using network mapping aimed to improve understanding of the utility and value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.

The role of regulation in aged and dementia care

Introducing the multiple regulatory frameworks that may impact service delivery

Exploring regulatory clusters in dementia care

Mapping the multiple frameworks reveals regulatory clusters

Four articles related to mature-age employment in Social Policy and Society vol. 15, no. 4

Pursuing a vision for change in aged care: impacts and outcomes of the BSL–RMIT TRACS project

Responding to the changing needs of older adults in residential care requires a skilled, well-supported workforce.

Generating knowhow in later life
How do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our increasingly complex society?

Too old to work, too young to retire
With the working age population in decline, older Australians are being asked to work longer. Yet increasing numbers experience long-term unemployment and chronic job insecurity.

Contact Simon Biggs for more information about our research on retirement and ageing: sbiggs(at)  

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