South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


48. Ageing workforce participation:

Increase the proportion of older South Australians who are engaged in the workforce by 10 percentage points by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The ABS no longer publishes participation data for 60 to 69 year olds, the age range for the target measure ‘participation rate (%), South Australians aged 60-69 years old.’  

While it is no longer possible to report on the participation rate of South Australians aged 60-69, the ABS participation data for people aged 60 years and over shows that as at January 2016, participation for this cohort had increased from 20.8% in 2010 (the T48 baseline year) to 22.5%. 

A change in the scope of the target from  "South Australians aged 60-69 years old' to 'aged 60 and over ' would require a much larger number of older workers to be engaged in work  thus making the target to 'Increase the proportion of older South Australians who are engaged in the workforce, by 10 percentage points by 2020' unachievable. 

The gender gap in labour force participation of South Ausralians aged 60 years and over increased between January 2010 and late 2012 but has since declined to be below the level recorded in January 2010.  According to the most recent data, in January 2016, 17.9% of older South Australian women were participating in the labour force, compared to 27.7% of older men.

“Labour force participation” is the number of people who are working, or who are actively looking for work (i.e. the total number of people employed and unemployed) as a proportion of the population aged 15 years and over.


Lead Agency

Department of State Development

Disaggregated data