Skills and Training Incentive

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

This initiative assists you to build skills and plan next stage of your job or career, and helps both individuals and businesses to better prepare and adapt to changes in the economy.

From 1 January 2019, the Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help you build skills to remain in the workforce longer. The Skills and Training Incentive is directly linked to the Skills Checkpoint Program.

Either you or your current employer must match the incentive to ensure a joint investment in your skills development.

Who will be eligible?

You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  • are aged 45–70
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are currently employed OR recently unemployed (within three months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider
  • have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training opportunities through the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

How to access the Incentive?

The Skills Checkpoint providers deliver both the Skills Checkpoint Program and the Skills and Training Incentive. They can help you apply for the Skills Checkpoint Program, and access the Skills and Training Incentive.

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

Read some examples of how the Incentive can help with the cost of training and re-skilling.

What kind of training can I do?

You can do any training that is identified as part of the Skills Checkpoint assessment. The training should be linked to your current job (e.g. upgrading skills), a future job opportunity, or an industry or skill in demand. Training can be accredited or non-accredited.

What is the Skills Checkpoint Program?

The Skills Checkpoint Program is an individually tailored assessment of your existing skills. You will get advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within your current industry or pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training options.

Other mature age employment programs