Recent and current research undertaken by BWA includes:
REDESIGNING WORK FOR AN
BWA was recently
awarded substantial funding for this project
(2005-2008) under the ARC Linkages scheme. Other
academic partners are the Finnish Institute of
Occupational Health, University of New South
Wales and Queensland University of Technology.
Industry Partners include Australia Post,
Qantas, RACV, CRS Australia, WorkCover
Corporation SA and the Department of Industrial
The proposal aims to identify
and manage occupational risks and
vulnerabilities that challenge the retention of
ageing workers in Australia. The project will
examine and adapt a leading international
framework for managing ageing workforces, the
Finnish 'Work Ability' model, to the Australian
context. The model will be applied in three
companies, two large-scale national companies
and one smaller company. The main outcomes will
be both practical organisational guidelines and
a broad policy framework for increasing the work
ability of older workers, in Australia and
The project consists of four
will examine workplace risks and vulnerabilities
of the ageing workforce through secondary
statistical analyses of rich essential
large-scale data sets
will consist of qualitative and quantitative
surveys in case study organisations which will
explore the nature of workplace age barriers and
correlates of work ability
will consist of design, implementation and
monitoring of interventions
of a ‘post’ intervention measurement of work
ability and further follow up qualitative
interviews among managers and workers.
which will commence towards the end of 2005 is
presented in more detail.
Phase 1 has three aims which
an overview of the occupational health and
safety risks and vulnerabilities of ageing
workers (according to industry sector,
occupation, types of injuries, total days
compensated and costs);
and develop large-scale data sets on ageing
workforces including data on work injuries,
disability and pathways to retirement;
more finely grained analysis of these data sets
to inform implementation of the research in the
organisational case studies.
The project intends to
collaborate, leverage and contribute to data
base synergies across government and other
agencies. It will engage in multidisciplinary
data capacity building across fields including
ageing, employment, occupational health and
safety, disability, health and retirement. This
should lead to opportunities to build capacity
through developing data bases in work and
Prof Libby Brooke, Director, Business Work and
Ageing Research Centre. Swinburne University.
Redesigning Work for and Ageing Society
What is the RW4AS Project?
The Business Case for the Project.
What is Work Ability?
Workforce Ageing In the New Economy, an international project funded by the Canadian government.
Furthering Success: Vocational Education and Training Pathways of Older Disadvantaged Workers, funded by the Australian government.
Recruitment Processes and Older Job Candidates, funded by the South Australian government.
Attachment and Retention of Workers in the Victorian Public Service, funded by the Victorian government
Cost to the Nation of Early Retirement.
HRM Cost Benefits of Older Workers
Age Limits, a report conducted on behalf of the Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commissions investigating the incidence and impact of age discrimination on the employment of people over the age of 45.
An Australian Analysis of Trends Affecting Workers Over the Age of 45 Years.
Profiting From Maturity, an international literature review, and case studies of the experiences of displaced older workers.
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