01 January 2022

A suite of new and updated education and employment policies will take effect from today, boosting education outcomes for Australians and helping them get the skills they need to find a job.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, and Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert, said the new year changes mean more Australians can make the most of education and employment opportunities.

Minister Robert said the Morrison Government is providing an extra $49 million to support older Australians so they can update their skills and stay in the workforce.

‘From today, we are doubling the number of places in the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program, which provides career advice and support for those wanting to transition to new roles, as well as expanding the eligibility criteria,’ Minister Robert said.

‘The Morrison Government is also doubling the Skills and Training Incentives, which provides up to $2,200 to jointly fund training to help participants upskill or re-skill to remain in the workforce for longer.

‘This will help remove barriers and disincentives for older Australians who want to continue to pitch in.’

Read the full media release here.