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International Day of Older Persons

Every day, across the country, older Australians make an enormous contribution to our society. For example, Australians aged 65 years and over contribute almost $39 billion each year through their engagement in unpaid caring and voluntary work.

Older Australians should be recognised for their role in building strong and healthy communities. However, many say that negative attitudes about older people can translate into unfair treatment and social exclusion. Being labelled as “too old” or “past their use-by date” means that some miss out on work, training, study and other opportunities.

Today we recognise the role older Australian’s play in our society and the work that needs to be done to eliminate any discrimination they may face in our society.