mid-career checkpoint program

Access potential funding up to $3,000 towards your next qualification!

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How This Works

Have you taken time out of the workforce to care for your family and are now looking to return to paid employment or advance your career?

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides a free skills and employment assessment to help you identify your training, employment and career goals.

The program has three entry points:

  1. ‘Stepping Back In’ provides access to skills and employment assessment services and advice on re-entry into the workforce, including suggestions for professional and skills development.
  2. ‘Stepping Up’ supports carers who have recently returned to the paid workforce with access to advice on advancing or changing their career.
  3. General entry – you can access the program if you are an existing worker in a designated industry. For more information: Designated Industry information.

Training Incentives

All participants receive a customised Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEP) that details their employment goals, identifies their attributes, skills, and qualifications, as well as any skills gaps.

  • Potential funding up to $3,000 towards re-skilling*
  • Free skills and employment assessment
  • Tailored career advice and coaching sessions
  • Training and Employment Plan (STEP)

* Subject to eligibility

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Are you eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the Mid-Career Checkpoint program if you:

  • have been out of the paid workforce for six months or more, and
  • are undertaking caring responsibilities, and are looking to return to work or advance your career, or
  • You are an existing worker in a designated industry**

Designated Industries include:

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Education and Training
  • Arts and Recreation Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Administration and Support Services
  • Residential Care Services
  • Child Care Services

** Designated industries are female-dominated, COVID-19 affected industries where women (in particular) are at risk of unemployment.


To be eligible to access assistance

  • participants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident OR
  • New Zealand (NZ) citizens who are Protected Special Category Visa (SCV) holders may be eligible for the program. Eligibility of NZ citizens with a SCV444 is determined by when the individual first arrived in Australia:
    • If they arrived on or before 26 February 2001, they are a permanent resident for citizenship purposes and therefore are eligible for the Program (subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria).
    • If they arrived after 26 February 2001, they are not considered a permanent resident for citizenship purposes and are not eligible for the Program.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this program give us a call on 07 5334 9922.

Look Now Training (Training Provider) are partnering with Busy At Work (Program Funding Partner) to deliver training through the Mid-Career Checkpoint program in Queensland.

NOTE: When applying potential students will need to specify the course they wish to complete and Look Now Training as their chosen training provider.


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