Older West Australians are fighting for their rights, with the number of discrimination complaints made by pensioners soaring 68 per cent in three years.
Figures compiled by WA's Equal Opportunity Commission show the number of pensioner complaints rose from 47 in 2010-11 to 79 in 2012-13, while the total number of complaints rose just 16 per cent in the same period.
The figures show a little over 10 per cent of discrimination complaints in the past financial year were made by people who identified themselves as pensioners.
Equal Opportunity Commissioner Allanah Lucas said it was hard to say what was behind the increase.
"We don't know why but pensioners are obviously putting in more complaints," she said. "They could have been discriminated against because of their age, it could have been because of an impairment. It could have been a reflection of the growing number of pensioners.
"It could be that pensioners are much more aware of their rights. It's enough to give us a kind of 'look at me' flag."
The figures did not surprise Council on the Ageing WA chief executive Ken Marston, who said older people were particularly vulnerable to age discrimination and more aware of it.
"Perhaps the biggest (source of discrimination) is in employment," he said. "Sometimes it's an older person that might have been retrenched and are having difficulty getting a job and employers don't even look at their applications.
"But there are subtler things, such as employers not offering training to older workers because they feel they can't learn any more."
A total of 738 complaints were received by the commission in 2012-13, with the most common discrimination complaints relating to impairment (194), race (162) and sexual harassment (83).The number was slightly down on the 797 complaints last year but Ms Lucas said this could be explained by a change in the way complaints were counted.