Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

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

The $17.4 million Skills Checkpoint Program, originally announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, provides 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.

The Skills Checkpoint Program will support up to 20,000 Australians over four years. It helps ensure that older Australians who need some help to stay or get into the workforce have the targeted support they need.

Media Release

The Skills Checkpoint Program was formally announced on 4 December 2018 by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, and by the Hon Kelly O'Dwyer MP, Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations and Minister for Women.

Eligibility

Eligible individuals are 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 Australian Government employment services program.

Accessing the Program

The BUSY Group Ltd are delivering the Skills Checkpoint Program in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

VERTO Ltd are delivering the Skills Checkpoint Program in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

You can find out more information about the Skills Checkpoint Program, including how to apply, through the phone numbers in the following table:

Organisation

States/territories in which the organisation delivers the program

Contact details

The BUSY Group Ltd

Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory

Please call 13 BUSY (13 28 79)

VERTO Ltd

New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory

Please call 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786)

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills Checkpoint Program is directly linked to the Department of Jobs and Small Business' Skills and Training Incentive(the Incentive). The Incentive will be available from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 for up to 3,600 participants per year who have been assessed as part of the Skills Checkpoint Program. The Incentive will provide eligible participants with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) from the Australian Government to fund suitable training (accredited or non-accredited). The government contribution must be matched by either the participant or their employer. To be eligible for the Incentive, individuals must complete a Skills Checkpoint assessment to identify training linked to the Participant's current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry, occupation or skill in demand.

Frequently Asked Questions

View the Frequently Asked Questions to understand more about how the Skills Checkpoint Program operates.