Inclusive ageing

Australia's ageing population includes older workers, active older people and people in deep old age facing physical and mental frailty. Many are likely to experience financial hardship and other challenges including ill-health and declining contact with family and friends.

An older man paints as part of social inclusion activities.

Social attitudes towards ageing, the changing contribution of older people to society and intergenerational relationships each play a part in the experience of disadvantage influenced by age. An increased consumer voice within a marketised welfare economy provides a backdrop to contemporary policy directions in aged care.

We are especially concerned about older people living on low incomes, those with limited family support and those with cognitive decline and we are exploring their experience of disadvantage, stigma and mistreatment, as well as structural causes of disadvantage.

Our work supports and informs policy and program development in our aged care services and for mature age workers, by building a robust knowledge base about the experience of later life and increasing understanding of how to reduce disadvantage among older people now and in the future.


Enhancing employment services for mature age jobseekers
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 focuses on employment services.

Towards improved care for people with dementia
The Brotherhood is involved in two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.

Social inclusion, capabilities and older Australians
This research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australian.

Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond
This study examined mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.

Knowhow for later life
This study asked older Australians what knowhow they think is needed and how they prefer to acquire it.


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

Organisational levels, strategies and design in the regulation of dementia care

How organisations respond to the demands of regulation

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

Too old to work, too young to retire
Older Australians are being expected to work longer, yet increasing numbers experience long-term unemployment and chronic job insecurity.

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

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

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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