Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) assists mature age Australians to update their skills and stay in the workforce.

The Incentive assists mature age Australians to build skills and plan the next stage of their job or career; and helps businesses to better prepare for changes in the economy.

  • 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 Participant or their employer must also make a co-contribution.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  • are aged 40 years and over
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are currently employed and at risk of entering the income support system, OR recently unemployed (within 12 months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider (such as a Community Development Program).
  • have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identifies training opportunities.

How to access the Incentive?

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

There are a limited number of Incentives available each financial year, so it is important that you speak with your Skills Checkpoint provider about accessing the Incentive when undertaking the Skills Checkpoint Program.

Only your Skills Checkpoint provider can suitably assess your eligibility for the Skills Checkpoint Program and the Skills and Training Incentive. This cannot be assessed by training organisations or any other organisations.

You must not enrol and pay for the training organisation yourself. Before you undertake the training, the Skills Checkpoint provider must:

  • register you for the Incentive
  • assist you to enrol in the training, and
  • make the payment to the training organisation.
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)

BUSY Group website

VERTO Ltd New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory

1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786)

VERTO website

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 and 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 on the National Skills Commission Skills Priority List, published June 2021.

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

Additional information