Working for everyone provides useful information for both mature age jobseekers and the employment services staff who assist them.

The resources on this website are based on research with jobactive staff, mature age jobseekers and employers. Industry experts and key stakeholders also provided guidance.

Working for Everyone created by the Brotherhood of St Laurence with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.


This study was funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation—Eldon & Anne Foote Trust (Innovation Grant 2015).

A special thank you to the members of the advisory group and especially to the jobactive staff, mature age jobseekers and employers who generously shared their time and insights.

We would also like to thank Alison Munroe and Fiona Hitchiner from Sageco, Greg Goudie from DOME, and Simon Mamone from VOICE.

Advisory group

The advisory group was chaired by Professor Simon Biggs, University of Melbourne and Brotherhood of St Laurence, and comprised Penelope Fogarty, Department of Social Services; David Henderson and Janey Kuzma, Department of Employment; Hugh Horsfall, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Kieran Kearney, The Salvation Army Employment Plus; Marilyn King, Willing Older Workers (W.O.W!); Michael McGann, University of Melbourne; Pam Saunders DHS; Simon Schweigert, RCSA; Tessa Thompson (replaced by Colin Harrison), NESA; David Thompson, Jobs Australia Limited; Alick Weber, LMCF.

Project team

Dina Bowman, Helen Kimberley (to Dec 2016), Agathe Randrianarisoa, Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Nicola Flook (March–June 2017) and Chabel Khan.

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Dr Dina Bowman
Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security,
Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences,
University of Melbourne

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