Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Skills Checkpoint Program) provides up to 10,000 eligible older Australians per year with advice and guidance to help them:

  • transition into new roles within their current industry or 
  • find pathways to a new career.

The guidance provided includes referral to relevant education and training options.


The Skills Checkpoint Program is open to people: 

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

Accessing the Program

You can find out more information about the Skills Checkpoint Program, including how to apply, by contacting one of these providers:

Organisation States/territories in which the organisation delivers the program Contact details
The BUSY Group Ltd Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia Please call 13 BUSY (13 28 79)
BUSY Skills Checkpoint program
VERTO Ltd Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria Please call 1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786)
VERTO Skills checkpoint

More information is also available on the Skills Checkpoint Program joint provider website.

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills Checkpoint Program is directly linked to the Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive).

The Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help individuals build skills to remain in the workforce longer. The participant or their employer must also make a co-contribution.

To be eligible for the Incentive, individuals must have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training linked to their current industry (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an occupation in national shortage on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Media Release

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

The expansion to the Program was announced on 7 December 2021 by the former Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business under the Government’s Workforce Strategy.