Pathway to Work

Pathway to Work encourages employers to hire workers 45 years and over. It is part of the Australian Government's $110 million Mature Age Employment Package.

How it works

Pathway to Work helps to stimulate demand for mature age workers (aged 45-70) through specific activities.

From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021, up to 10 pilots will:

  • Encourage employers to hire mature age job seekers
  • Learn from employers who are leaders in mature age recruitment and retention
  • Connect employers with mature age job seekers
  • Show how mature age job seekers can prepare for jobs through funding and programs.


Employers with 10-15 jobs may be eligible for Pathway to Work.

Job seekers may be eligible if they are:

  • 45 years and over
  • Receiving income support
  • Registered with a Workforce Australia Employment Services Provider.

Note: eligibility may differ between pilot projects.

Next steps

Activities are developed in collaboration with:

  • Employers
  • Industry organisations
  • State Government agencies
  • Training organisations
  • Service providers

Pilots will be of varying duration depending on the location, industry and participants.

If you're an employer and  interested in trialling a Pathway to Work pilot, contact the Mature Age Strategies team:

Other Budget initiatives

Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget:

More Choices for a Longer Life Package announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget: