National statistics indicate that a large proportion of Australian academics will exit the workforce within the next decade. For sustainability reasons, it is important to understand how the future career plans of academics in their 50s are incorporated into HRM strategies, policies and practices. This paper discusses the initial findings on future career plans from interviews with academics in their 50s and university management. The findings revealed that close to two thirds of participants have no intentions of retiring, despite the representation of early retirement schemes in Academic Staff Ente1prise Agreements. Moderate variations across discipline group, employment duration and gender, suggests that a 'one-size fits all' approach to retirement needs re-thinking.