Mid-Career Checkpoint Program

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Skills, Training and Employment Initiative

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program is an Australian government initiative designed for people who have taken time off to care for their family member’s well-being. The initiative provides a customised Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEPs), helping participants to identify their career goals, skills and interests and pairing them with a qualification that can lead to employment. In addition, a training incentive of up to $3,000 is available for Mid-Career Checkpoint participants to contribute towards their next course. 

VIC Provider

Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Phone: 03 8662 5210

Email: midcareercheckpoint@ victorianchamber.com.au

QLD Provider

Busy at Work

Phone: 13 BUSY (13 28 79)

Email: [email protected]

NSW Provider

Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA)

Phone: 1300 069 156

Email: [email protected]

How does it work?

Register your Interest
Action your STEP
Receive Training Grant
Register with your State Program Provider and a Mid-Career Checkpoint Career Coach will get in touch with you.
Your Career Coach will discuss your skills, experiences, goals, and qualifications and help identify any skill gaps through the Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEP).
Start implementing your STEP. Additionally, there will be coaching sessions on topics like resume writing, interview preparations, digital literacy and more.
Approved participants can access up to $3,000 towards nationally recognised training with a registered training organisation.
Maria - Current TrainSmart Australia Student through the Mid Career Checkpoint Program

Discussing my needs and interests with the MCCP Career Coach helped me narrow down my training and funding options. After completing STEPs, I was recommended to study the Diploma of Counselling with TrainSmart Australia, who supported me all throughout the enrolment process.

Am I eligible?

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents may be eligible to participate in the Mid-Career Checkpoint Program if you: 

Live in NSW, QLD, or VIC

You live in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria.

Stepping Back Into the Workforce

You’ve been out of the paid workforce for six months or more to undertake caring responsibilities, and

  • are looking to return to work, or 
  • advance your career

General Entry

Are an existing worker in a Designated Industry

  • Retail Trade
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Child Care Services
  • Education and Training
  • Arts and Recreation
  • Residential Care Services
  • Accommodation and Food Services
TrainSmart Australia Mid Career Check-Point Program

Fund Your Course with TrainSmart Australia

Through the Mid-Career Checkpoint program, participants can access up to $3,000 (GST exclusive) funding to enrol in nationally accredited training. TrainSmart Australia is proud to offer Mid-Career Checkpoint participants nationally accredited courses through this training incentive.

The course applicable to this training incentive must be:

  • addressing skills gaps and employment goals
  • recommended in your Mid-Career Checkpoint Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEPs)
  • Nationally Accredited Vocational Education Training

Frequently Asked Questions

It takes approximately 6 hours over several sessions to complete the program. Appointments with your Mid-Career Checkpoint Coach are held in person or online at a time that suits you.

Participants need to be enrolled in a specific nationally accredited training course that was recommended as part of their STEP (Skill, Training and Employment Plan). The course needs to address the participants identified skill gaps and employment goals. 

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program supports participants in gaining skills to re-enter the workforce or progress in their careers. It does not find employment for participants. 

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program is at no cost to participants. It is fully funded by the Australian Government. The only cost that can occur is if the participant chooses to enrol on a vocational training course of their choice to reskill. A capped Training Incentive of up to $3,000 (ex GST) is available for further training.