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Older people’s rights

Our community benefits in many ways from the experience and wisdom of older Victorians. Age isn’t a use-by date, and no-one should be treated unfairly because of how old they are. There are laws in Victoria to protect older people from discrimination and to ensure that everyone can contribute meaningfully to society. There are also special protections for people in aged-care facilities.



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Trish's story

"I couldn’t believe he said it; it made me feel so uncomfortable, like he was mocking my age. It also made me feel like the work I did and the contribution I made to our office wasn’t valued at all."

Related resources

Mature-age workers and the Equal Opportunity Act: Know your rights – May 2012