Skills Checkpoint for Mature Workers Program
The Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) assists mature age Australians to update their skills and stay in the workforce by supporting them to:
- Transition into new roles within their current industry or
- Find pathways to a new career.
The Incentive is directly linked to the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Skills Checkpoint Program).
- 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 individual or their employer must also contribute towards the cost of training to ensure a joint investment in the individual’s skills development.
Individuals can do any training that is identified as part of the Skills Checkpoint assessment and the training can be accredited or non-accredited. The training must be linked to:
- your current job (e.g., upgrading skills)
- a future job opportunity, or
- an industry or skill in demand as identified through the occupations in national shortage or occupation with strong or moderate future demand on the National Skills Commission Skills Priority List.
You can undertake the Skills Checkpoint Program if you are:
- aged 40 years or over
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- employed and at risk of becoming unemployed and entering the income support system or are recently unemployed (within 12 months) and not referred to or registered with a Commonwealth-funded employment services provider.
Accessing the Program