Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Skills Checkpoint Program) provides up to 10,000 eligible older Australians per year with advice and guidance to help them:

  • transition into new roles within their current industry or 
  • find pathways to a new career.

The guidance provided includes referral to relevant education and training options.


You can do the Skills Checkpoint Program if you are 

  • aged 40 years or over
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • employed and at risk of becoming unemployed and entering the income support system
    recently unemployed (within 12 months) and not referred to or registered with a Commonwealth funded employment services provider.

Accessing the Program

You can find out more information about the Skills Checkpoint Program, including how to apply, by contacting the provider:

Organisation States/territories in which the organisation delivers the program Contact details
The BUSY Group Ltd Nationally Please call 13 BUSY (13 28 79)
BUSY Skills Checkpoint program

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills Checkpoint Program is directly linked to the Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive).

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 individual or their employer must also make a co-contribution.

To be eligible for the Incentive, individuals must have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identified training linked to:

  • their current industry (e.g. upgrading skills)
  • a future job opportunity, or
  • an occupation in national shortage or an occupation with strong or moderate future demand on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List.

Frequently Asked Questions

View the Frequently Asked Questions  to understand more about how the Skills Checkpoint Program works.