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How can I access Skills Checkpoint?
You should contact the Skills Checkpoint provider in your state or territory to discuss your eligibility and to complete the application process.
Am I eligible for Skills Checkpoint?
Eligible individuals are those who are:
- aged 40 and over
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or
- recently unemployed (within twelve months) and
- not registered for assistance through an Australian Government employment services program (e.g. jobactive, Disability Employment Service, Community Development Programme).
What does a Skills Checkpoint assessment involve?
Participants undertake individually tailored assessments of their skill levels. Skills Checkpoint providers then develop a Career Plan to assist participants to identify:
- gaps in their skills if they want to transition to a new career or undertake a new role in their current occupation; or
- skills they could develop or enhance to increase their capacity to perform in their current role.
Where relevant, the Career Plan may also provide advice on potential new industries or roles where there may be job opportunities, and recommendations and information on appropriate training.
Your Skills Checkpoint provider can provide you with more information on what a Skills Checkpoint assessment involves and how it can assist you.
What is the Skills and Training Incentive, and how do I access the Incentive?
The Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) is available to people who have completed a Skills Checkpoint Program Career Plan that identified training opportunities (accredited or non-accredited) linked to either their current job, a future opportunity, or an industry or occupation in demand.
The Incentive aims to assist older Australians to invest in their training and adopt a life-long approach to skills development.
Eligible participants may access up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) from the Australian Government to fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities.
From 1 January 2022, the Government Contribution for a training course related to an occupation in national shortage on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List will be up to 75% of the course cost, up to a total of $2,200 (GST Inclusive). Either the Participant or their current employer must fund the balance of the training course costs.
The Government Contribution for a training course not related to an occupation in national shortage on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List is up to 50% of the course cost, up to a total of $2,200 (GST Inclusive). In this instance, either the Participant or their current employer must match the Government Contribution and any remaining balance of the training course cost.
The Incentive is available to 30 June 2024 for up to 7,500 participants per year. Participants must have first completed the Skills Checkpoint Program and have a Career Plan identifying suitable training needs.
Privacy – How will the information collected be used?
Advice on the use of information collected is available through the application process for the Skills Checkpoint Program.
Personal information provided is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act).
Complaints - how do I complain about my Skills Checkpoint provider?
In the first instance you should speak to your Skills Checkpoint provider. They have in place a free, easily accessible, complaints resolution process to deal fairly with complaints by participants. Your Skills Checkpoint provider can provide you with advice on next steps if you are unhappy with their handling of a complaint.