Employment Figures-lack of progress in increasing proportion of older South Australians in the workforce

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 16:15 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills a question about employment in South Australia.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: I note that the South Australian Strategic Plan target 48 seeks to increase the proportion of older South Australians who are engaged in the workforce by 10 percentage points by 2020. It was reported in the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Annual Report 2013-14 that in 2010 there was a proportion of 40.3 per cent of older South Australians engaged in the workforce. The report has also revealed that by 2014 this figure has only increased to 40.5 per cent with progress in this area therefore rated as negative movement. My question is: can the minister advise the chamber why any substantial progress in this area has not been achieved?

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