The Ageing Workforce Ready (AWR) project is an innovative collaboration between Australia’s largest super fund, AustralianSuper, and organisational psychology practitioners, Transitioning Well. It has been made possible through funding received from the WorkSafe WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.
The project aims to protect and promote the mental health and wellbeing of ageing workers in the public transport industry. Eight public transport companies in Victoria are currently participating in the pilot program, with support from Bus Association Victoria, SuperFriend, unions and academics working in this field. Through a collaborative effort, the project aims to more fully understand the realities of older workers, implement initiatives that upskill managers, give older workers access to useful resources, and equip organisations with the policies and processes they need to best support their employees.
“Accelerated by the demographics of the country shifting towards older Australians, businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of inclusivity and adapting their practises accordingly. I am delighted that we are able to be part of designing solutions for employers to assist their older workers achieve dignity at work and when they retire.”
Vicky MaguireAustralianSuper, Head of Growth
“I’m lucky and proud to be leading a project that is all about supporting older workers. Good work is good for all of us – whether it’s paid or voluntary, meaningful work where people feel productive and valued (and not stressed) positively impacts both physical and mental health. Many employers need to be doing more to achieve this in the context of an ageing population.”