Skills and Training Incentive


The new Skills and Training Incentive assists older Australians to update their skills and stay in the workforce.

The $19.3 million initiative will assist older Australians in the later stages of their careers, helping both businesses and workers better prepare and adapt to changes in the economy. The Skills and Training Incentive will assist individuals to build skills, helping older Australians remain in the workforce for longer.

The Skills and Training Incentive, starting on 1 January 2019, will provide eligible older Australians with up to $2200 (GST inclusive) from the Australian Government to fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities. Individuals or their current employer must match the government contribution ensuring a joint investment in the skills development of participants.

Who will be eligible?

To be eligible for the Skills and Training Incentive, individuals must be:

  • aged 45–70
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • currently employed OR recently unemployed (within three months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider.

To access the Incentive, individuals must first complete a Skills Checkpoint assessment through the Department of Education and Training’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (Skills Checkpoint Program), which identifies training as part of their assessment.

What kind of training can the Skills and Training Incentive fund?

Eligible individuals can undertake training opportunities identified as part of the Skills Checkpoint assessment, which are linked to their current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry or skill in demand. Training can be accredited or non-accredited.

How the incentive works

Read some examples of people who have used the incentive to help with the cost of training and re-skilling:

How to access the Incentive?

Skills Checkpoint providers will deliver both the Skills Checkpoint Program and the Skills and Training Incentive. For details on Skills Checkpoint providers please visit the Department of Education and Training’s website.

What is the Skills Checkpoint Program?

The Skills Checkpoint Program provides participants with an individually tailored assessment on their existing skills and 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.

For more information on the Skills Checkpoint Program please visit the Department of Education and Training’s website.

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