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.