The Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) is an initiative under the More Choices for a Longer Life Package. It is aimed at assisting mature Australian workers aged 40 years and older to invest in their training and adopt a life-long approach to skills development, thereby reducing the risk of entering the income support system.
The Incentive is available to people who have completed a Skills Checkpoint Program Career Plan that identified training opportunities (accredited or non‑accredited) linked to an occupation in national shortage or with a future recruitment demand rating at or above the economy average on the Jobs and Skills Australia’s Skills Priority List.
Eligible Participants may access up to $2,200 (GST Inclusive) from the Australian Government to fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities.
Applications are open for anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below:
- are aged 40 years or 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 referred to or registered with a Commonwealth funded employment services provider such as Workforce Australia or Disability Employment Services, and
- have completed a Skills Checkpoint assessment that identifies training opportunities.