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Skills Checkpoint
for Older Workers Program

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

 

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers

Please note: Applications for the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program have now closed.

This program is ending on June 30, 2024. 

The Skills Checkpoint program is designed to help mature aged workers find a new way forward and is an initiative of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Recognising our ageing population and the value that mature aged workers bring to our workforce, the Australian Government will support up to 10,000 people a year. This is to provide Australians aged 40 or over with guidance on transitioning into a new career, or upskilling advice for their current roles.

This national program, delivered through BUSY At Work, is accessible to both employers and individuals looking for support, career assessment and one-on-one support through a career guidance officer and is offered at no cost. Participants can also access a co-fund amount of up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) for an eligible training course that supports them to upskill in their career or transition to a new career.

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program and the Skills and Training Incentive are
funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

Eligibility Criteria:

Participants must be:

  • aged 40 or over
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • employed and at risk of becoming unemployed and entering the income support system, or
  • recently unemployed (within 12 months) and not referred to or registered with a Commonwealth funded employment services provider (e.g. Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services, Community Development Program).

Since 2020, the Australian Government has annually supported up to 10,000 Australians aged 40 or over through the program, offering guidance on transitioning into new career opportunities, or upskilling advice for their current roles.

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