Browse these government  programs to assist mature workers update their skills in order to assist their mobility between industries, or to re-enter the workforce.

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Career Transition Assistance

This program is aimed at mature-age job seekers (age 45+) to assist them to become more competitive when seeking work. It focuses on identifying the mature person’s transferable skills and their understanding of their local labour market, so they are better able to target available job opportunities.

Some of the practical assistance includes use of technology and applying for jobs online.

The program is available nationally to mature job seekers on referral.

More information

National Customer Service Line


Phone: 1800 805 260 (free call from land lines)


Job Outlook

Job Outlook is a government website ( from the National Skills Commission which provides a broad range of information on jobs and careers, including future areas of job growth. The website offers:

  • Skills Match: to identify skills from past jobs and how to transfer these to new jobs
  • Career Quiz: to identify work preferences and career ideas
  • Explore Careers: to identify “future outlook, pay, main tasks, and physical and other demands of careers”
  • Explore Australia: to identify changes in job demands in local areas
  • Explore Industries: to identify different industries and jobs within them
  • Future Outlook: to identify “industries and jobs expected to grow”.

What’s Next?

The web resources at What’s Next are aimed at workers who have recently lost their jobs. What’s Next is provided by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The following information is available:

Where do I stand?

  • Support for retrenched workers
  • Support for all jobseekers
  • Help in your area
  • Looking after yourself

Get your next job

  • Knowing what’s out there
  • Looking for a job
  • Applying for a job

Try something new

  • Get some training
  • Work experience and volunteering
  • Starting a small business
  • Transitioning to retirement

Help for employers

  • Alternatives to retrenchment
  • Retrenchment done right
  • Case studies

What’s Next? can be accessed here.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers

Skills Checkpoint is for eligible Australians aged 45 to 70, providing them with advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or pathways to a new career.

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