To fill a gap in the services currently available to older Australians, the Australian Government 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 then Department of Education and Training from 2015 until 2016.
The $17.4 million Skills Checkpoint Program, was originally announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, and 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 older Australians over four years by providing targeted support to help them stay in or get into the workforce .
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.
Eligible individuals are those aged 45 to 70, an Australian citizen or permanent resident, employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or recently unemployed (within 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, through the providers listed in the following table:
|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 Department of Education, Skills and Employment Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive).
The Incentive is available from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2022 for up to 3,600 participants per year.
The Incentive will provide eligible participants with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund suitable training (accredited or non-accredited). The government contribution must be matched by either the participant or their employer.
To be eligible for the Incentive, individuals must have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training linked to their current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry, occupation or skill in demand.
Frequently Asked Questions
View the Frequently Asked Questions to understand more about how the Skills Checkpoint Program operates.