Information for job seekers over 45 years

As a mature age worker, you bring a lifetime of experience and knowledge, reliability and work ethic as well as technical skills and qualifications to a role.

On this page:

Researching careers and re-skilling

The jobs market has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The below resources will help you consider what training or career options you could consider as a mature age worker.

See how jobs have changed and transferable skills you may have that are relevant for new career options.  Watch the Transferable skills video.

The nature and types of jobs in Australia is changing. 30 years ago manufacturing was the largest employing industry in Australian. Today three in four Australians are employed in a service industry.

Labour Market Insights

The National Skills Commission researches and analyses employment dynamics across groups, industries, occupations and regions. You can stay up-to-date with conditions in your local labour market by visiting Labour Market Insights website. You will be able to:

  • Identify jobs and skills in-demand
  • Understand employer needs and recruitment trends
  • Explore the trends impacting the jobs market now and into the future.

My Skills

Explore courses and providers in Australia on the MySkills website, with guidance on the average training fees for a course and a list of training providers who deliver that course.

Chris was made redundant after working in the paper industry for 32 years. He gained a qualification in community services, and secured part-time work while he was studying.  Watch Chris's story

Nicola studied to become a nurse in her late 40s. She didn’t think being a nurse would be as challenging as it is, but she loves it.  Watch Nicola's story

Course Seeker

Explore study options, including short courses. Visit the Course Seeker website for more information.

Your Career

If you need advice when returning to the workforce, visit National Career Institute’s Your Career website to be connected to education, training and work resources and support, and get one step closer to your current career needs and goals.

Government assistance for older workers

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive is an initiative assisting you to build skills and plan the next stage of your job or career.

The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help you build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

Career Transition Assistance

The Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program is available to people aged 45 years and over and is designed to help you build confidence and skills to become more competitive in the local labour market.

CTA will give you a better understanding of available job opportunities in the local area and support you to tailor applications based on your skills and experience.

It provides practical assistance to develop technology and digital skills to build confidence to use different types of technology, such as smartphones, tablets, apps, social media and desktop computers, as well as applying for jobs online.

See what CTA has to offer and how it has helped mature age job seekers.

CTA Good News Story

CTA opened a world of opportunities for Glenda and helped her land a great job.

Self-Employment Assistance

Self-Employment Assistance can help you turn your business idea or existing small business into a viable business. The program allows you to choose the level of support that meets your needs and the needs of your small business.

To see if you may be eligible visit the Self-Employment Assistance page.

Getting a job - Exploring job vacancies

Jobs Hub

Explore available job opportunities and identify similar jobs matching your skills.

Visit the Jobs Hub website for further information.

Workforce Australia

Workforce Australia is the employment service delivered by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. 

Workforce Australia includes a new online service and a network of providers to deliver personalised support. 

Workforce Australia helps Australians find and keep a job, change jobs or create their own job.

Visit the Workforce Australia website for further information.