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Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers

At different stages of our careers we all experience the need to update our skill set. For older Australians, this can be a challenge in terms of finding the right skills and advice.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers is an Australian Government-funded initiative to enable mature-aged Australian workers and recently unemployed mature-aged Australians to remain in, or re-enter the workforce.

New Changes from 1 January 2022

From 1st January, 2022 new eligibility criteria applies. To qualify you must be:

  • aged 40 years or over (previously 45–70),
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident,
  • employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or recently unemployed (within 12 months, previously 9 months) and,
  • not registered for assistance through an Australian Government employment services program.

For Individuals

Skills Checkpoint provides personalised advice and guidance on up-skilling for a current job, transitioning into new roles within a current industry or pathways to new careers, including a co-contribution amount for relevant education and training (up to a maximum of $2,200).

Skills Checkpoint helps mature aged workers answer the question “What’s my next career move?”

For Business

Skills Checkpoint can assist your current workers to transition or advance in their roles. With access to skills and career assessment reports, guidance and mentoring and a co-contribution amount of up to $2,200 for relevant training, your employees and your business can benefit. 


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