A number of new and updated education and employment policies from the Federal Government came into effect on January 1st 2022. Amongst the changes are updates to initiatives supporting older Australians to update their skills and stay in the workforce.
- Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program
The number of places on the Program have doubled to 10,000 per year. The Program provides eligible older Australians with advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or finding pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training options.
- Skills and Training Incentives
The number of Incentives available has increased to 7,500 per year. The Incentive assists mature age Australians to build skills and plan the next stage of their job or career. Eligibility has also been expanded to include people aged 40 years and over, and for those people who are unemployed, the length of unemployment has increasing from up to 9 months to up to 12 months.