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New criteria from January 2022

If you’re a mature aged worker (over 40), 
employed or recently unemployed (less than 12 months) 
and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, we can help.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program and Skills and Training Incentive

Information for participants:

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (Skills Checkpoint) and Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) are initiatives to help older Australians through career advice and guidance and investment in training to adopt a life-long approach to skills development to stay employed longer.

Who is eligible?

To participate in the Skills Checkpoint, you must be:

  • an Australian Citizen or permanent resident
  • aged 40 to 70
  • currently employed and at risk of entering the income support system or
  • unemployed within the last nine months and not registered with an employment services provider.

To access the Incentive, you must first complete a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identifies training linked to your current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry, occupation or skill in demand.

What does the Skills Checkpoint offer?

The Skills Checkpoint offers tailored skills assessment, advice on transitioning into new roles, upskilling in your current role or industry, pathways to a new career, and referral to relevant education or training.

What can I expect?

You will meet with your Skills Checkpoint provider so they can get to know you and understand your needs. You will then undertake an individually tailored skills assessment.

Your Skills Checkpoint provider will use this information to develop a Career Plan to identify:

  • your current skills
  • gaps in your skills to move to a new career or
  • undertake a new role in your current occupation
  • skills you could develop or improve to increase your capacity to perform your current role.

Your Skills Checkpoint provider will talk with you about your Career Plan and where relevant, will suggest potential new industries or roles where there may be job opportunities, and make recommendations and referrals to relevant training.

What assistance is available to help with the cost of training?

If your Career Plan identifies that you would benefit from further training, you will be eligible to access the Incentive. The Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund either accredited or nonaccredited training.

You or your employer must match the government contribution.

Read more about how the incentive works here.

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