Rollout Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

To fill a gap in the services currently available to older Australians, the Australian Government is funding a national rollout of the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Program). The Program is based on a model that was piloted by the Department of Education and Training from 2015 until 2016.

The $17.4 million Program, announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, will provide eligible Australians with advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training options.

Eligible individuals will be those aged 45 to 70 that are employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or recently unemployed and not registered for assistance through an employment services program.

The Program is directly linked to the Department of Jobs and Small Business’ Skills and Training Incentive. This incentive will be available to individuals who have been assessed as part of the Program. The incentive will provide recipients with up to $2,000 to fund suitable training (accredited or non‑accredited). The Government contribution must be matched by either the recipient or their employer.  

The Program will commence later this year and will support up to 20,000 Australians over four years. Further information will be provided on this page as it becomes available.

Skills Checkpoint Pilot

The Australian Government’s Skills Checkpoint Pilot ran for six months between December 2015 and May 2016.  The pilot provided a free career advisory service to employed individuals aged 45 to 54 years situated in the three pilot locations.

The goal of the Pilot was to support individuals to transition into new roles within their current industry or pathways to a new career with the view to encouraging reskilling and supporting ongoing engagement in the workforce.

To achieve this, Pilot providers supported individuals to assess their current career situation and offered guidance if a change in career direction was needed or desired.

An evaluation process was run concurrently with the delivery of the Pilot. The summary findings of this evaluation are available

Further information on the tender process is available on AusTender.