The Australian Government, through the Skills and Training Incentive (Incentive), provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to co-fund training to help mature age Australians to update their skills and remain in the workforce longer.
The Government contribution for a training course related to an occupation in national shortage on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List is up to 75% of the course cost, up to a total of $2,200 (GST Inclusive).
Either the Participant or their current employer must fund the balance of the training course costs.
The Government contribution for a training course not related to an occupation in national shortage on the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List is up to 50% of the course cost, up to a total of $2,200 (GST Inclusive).
In this instance either the Participant or their current employer must match the Government Contribution and pay any remaining balance of the training course cost.
You are eligible for the Incentive if you:
- are aged 40 years or older
- are an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident
- are currently employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or
- recently unemployed (within twelve months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider such as jobactive or Disability Employment Services.
- have completed a Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (Program) assessment that identified training opportunities which were included in the Career Plan.
You can find out more information about the Incentive and the Program by:
- visiting the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s (DESE) website at https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-checkpoint-older-workers-program and https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-and-training-incentive; and
- contacting your local Program Provider, who can help you apply for the Program and potentially access the Incentive, using the details below:
|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)|
|VERTO Ltd||New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory||1300 4 VERTO (1300 483 786)|
You may be able to obtain the Incentive in relation to training that DESE provide. However, DESE does not
facilitate the Program and Incentive, and they cannot give advice on eligibility.
Eligibility for the Incentive is subject to completing a Skills Checkpoint assessment and Career Plan
that identifies suitable training opportunities, which you will need to discuss with your Program
Your Skills Checkpoint Career Plan may identify suitable training opportunities that are not
offered by the DESE.
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*Please note that the client/s must NOT commence, or pay, for training prior to the Skills Checkpoint processes are completed. These actions by the client/s will void the Incentive as per our Guidelines.
**Please note that to be ELIGIBLE for any available Skills & Training Incentives, the client MUST complete the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program and then, apply for the Skills & Training Incentive separately.
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