The Mid-Career Checkpoint program supports eligible carers who are looking to return to the workforce or advance their career.
The program is an Australian Government initiative to assist people who have spent time out of the workforce undertaking caring responsibilities and are now looking to return to paid employment.
The program also supports carers who have recently returned to paid employment and would like to advance or change their career.
Under the Mid-Career Checkpoint program, participants receive free skills and employment assessment services, tailored career advice and coaching sessions. All participants receive a customised Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEP) that details their employment goals and identifies their attributes, skills and qualifications, as well as any skills gaps. Each participant’s STEP provides information on local employment and training opportunities, in line with the participant’s employment goals.
The program has two entry points:
- ‘Stepping Back In’ provides access to skills and employment assessment services and advice on re-entry into the workforce, including suggestions for professional and skills development.
- ‘Stepping Up’ supports carers who have recently returned to the paid workforce with access to advice on advancing or changing their career.
From 1 July 2021 the Mid-Career Checkpoint is being enhanced to provide more support to a larger cohort of working aged Australians.
Eligibility to participate in the program has been increased to include carers who have been out of paid employment for six or more months and to those in female dominated, COVID-19 affected industries where women are at risk of unemployment.
The Mid-Career Checkpoint is currently operating as a pilot program in New South Wales.
The pilot program will also be expanded to Queensland and Victoria, with providers in these states to be announced in the coming months below.
Subject to an evaluation by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the program may be rolled out nationally later in 2022.
For more information on how to access the Mid-Career Checkpoint program, please contact the service provider in your state: