Ageism is a serious form of discrimination that can have a severe impact on the self-esteem and wellbeing of older adults. It can result in feelings of loneliness, sadness, anger and shame, and reduce participation and inclusion.
The Age Discrimination Act 2004 protects you from discrimination on the basis of age in many areas, including employment, education, accommodation and the provision of goods and services. There are also laws and services in place that help prevent elder abuse.
The Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, is responsible for raising awareness of age discrimination, educating the community about its impact, and advocating for its elimination in all areas of public life.