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Loomes, S. & McCarthy, G. (2011). The aging workforce: how can Australian universities address future workforce challenges?. 25th Annual ANZAM Conference 2011 (pp. 1-15). Wellington, New Zealand: ANZAM.


Australia is facing major demographic challenges fueled by low workforce participation rates and the exit of the baby boomers from the workforce. Universities are likely to face the same workforce challenges. However, they may be in a better position than mainstream businesses due to the skills required, the flexibility of hours, and the nature and casualization of the workforce. This opens the door to attract retiring business professionals and aiding them to transition into academic teaching roles. For this non-traditional recruitment pathway to succeed, universities will need to ensure they have appropriate education and training pathways, mentoring along with peer review and comprehensive performance management procedures.

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