Information for job seekers over 45 years

As a mature age worker, you bring a lifetime of experience and knowledge, reliability and work ethic as well as technical skills and qualifications to a role.

On this page:

Researching careers and re-skilling

The jobs market has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The below resources will help you consider what training or career options you could consider as a mature age worker.

See how jobs have changed and transferable skills you may have that are relevant for new career options.  Watch the Transferable skills video.

The nature and types of jobs in Australia is changing. 30 years ago manufacturing was the largest employing industry in Australian. Today three in four Australians are employed in a service industry.

Job Outlook

The Job Outlook website provides information about Australian careers, labour market trends and employment projections.

  • Skills Match helps you identify how the skills you have from past jobs are transferable to new jobs
  • Career Quiz helps you think about your work preferences and get career ideas
  • Use Explore Careers to learn about the future outlook, pay, main tasks, and physical and other demands of careers
  • Use Explore Australia to discover how the jobs in demand are changing in your local area
  • Use Explore Industries to learn about the different industries you can work in and what kinds of jobs there are in those fields
  • Use Future Outlook to find industries and jobs expected to grow

My Skills

Explore courses and providers in Australia on the MySkills website, with guidance on the average training fees for a course and a list of training providers who deliver that course.

Chris was made redundant after working in the paper industry for 32 years. He gained a qualification in community services, and secured part-time work while he was studying.  Watch Chris's story

Nicola studied to become a nurse in her late 40s. She didn’t think being a nurse would be as challenging as it is, but she loves it.  Watch Nicola's story

Course Seeker

Explore study options, including short courses. Visit the Course Seeker website for more information.

Government assistance for older workers

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive is an initiative assists you to build skills and plan the next stage of your job or career, helping both individuals and businesses better prepare and adapt to changes in the economy.

From 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020, the Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help you build skills to remain in the workforce longer. The Skills and Training Incentive is directly linked to the Skills Checkpoint Program.

Either you or your current employer will need to match the incentive to ensure a joint investment in your skills development.

Career Transition Assistance

The Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program is available to people aged 45 years and over and is designed to help you build confidence and skills to become more competitive in the local labour market.

CTA will give you a better understanding of available job opportunities in the local area and support you to tailor applications based on your skills and experience.

It provides practical assistance to develop technology and digital skills to build confidence to use different types of technology, such as smartphones, tablets, apps, social media and desktop computers, as well as applying for jobs online.

See what CTA has to offer and how it has helped mature age job seekers.

Video on what Career Transition Assistance (CTA) has to offer and how it has helped mature age job seekers.

Self-employment—New Business Assistance with NEIS

Do you have a great idea that you want to turn into a viable business? New Business Assistance with NEIS can give you training and assistance to help you start a new business.

If you are not in employment, education or training and interested in running your own business, you may be eligible.

Getting a job - Exploring job vacancies

Jobs Hub

Explore available job opportunities and identify similar jobs matching your skills.

Visit the Jobs Hub website for further information.

jobactive

jobactive is delivered by a network of providers in over 1,700 locations across Australia and can help you find work by tailoring their services to your assessed needs.

They can help you with:

  • finding a job
  • help to start a business
  • relevant training and support
  • identifying your skills and attributes
  • writing job applications
  • interview tips and techniques

Visit the jobactive website for further information.

Finding jobs that aren’t advertised

Approach a business or employer directly

Many jobs are created by potential employees directly canvassing work from an employer. If you’re considering this option, make sure you have done some research about the employer you’re interested in.

To approach employers, you can:

  • drop in your CV/resume to them with a short covering letter outlining why they should hire you
  • call up the employer to find out more about them and register your interest
  • send an email to them with your CV/resume with a short covering statement
  • approach them on their social media page, such as sending them a private message.

Get in touch with a recruiter

Getting in touch with a recruitment agency is another way you can get closer to finding work. Many employers rely on recruiters to present them with candidates to fill positions. Many of these positions aren’t widely advertised. It’s a good idea to contact several recruitment consultants, as this will improve your chances of being connected with the right employer.

There are a number of recruitment agencies that specialise in recruitment for mature age. Try searching online for agencies specialising in mature age employment that operate in your area.

Applying for jobs