Department of Education, Skills and Employment

I want to retrain or upskill

If you are interested in changing your career or trying something new these initiatives may help you. If you’re a job seeker try these instead:

I'm a job seeker - I want a job

I'm a job seeker - I want to retrain or up skill

I lost my job because of COVID-19 – I want to retrain or upskill

Train, work and get experience through an Australian Apprenticeship.

Is this for me?

  • I’m looking for paid training
  • I’m interested in doing an apprenticeship
  • I don’t have a secondary school certificate or other qualification

Australian Apprenticeships, also referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships, are a great way for you to start a career or build on your existing one.

The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website will provide you with information if you are considering an apprenticeship or traineeship.

You don’t need a secondary school certificate or any other qualification to be able to do an apprenticeship – they are available to anyone of working age.

You can combine time at work and earning an income, with training and studying for your chosen occupation.

When you finish your Australian Apprenticeship, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well.

You may also be able to apply for Trade Support Loans to meet everyday costs while doing your apprenticeship.

Australian Apprenticeships

I'm looking to start a career, advance or change careers.

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Is this for me?

  • I’m looking for information on nationally recognised courses
  • I want to know the outcomes, durations and locations of nationally-accredited training
  • I want to find out how to get qualified for jobs in a range of industries
  • I want to find a local registered training provider

If you are looking to start a career, advance or change careers, the My Skills website provides information on nationally recognised training and qualifications across a range of industries.

My Skills is an Australian Government initiative to ensure training consumers have access to current, straightforward, independent and trustworthy Information to help them make choices about their training options.


Financial assistance to re-skill or retrain to land your next job.

Is this for me?

  • I’m between 45 and 70 years old
  • I’m an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • I’m currently employed
  • I’ve been unemployed for less than 3 months and not registered with an employment provider

If you’re looking to update your skills the Skills and Training Incentive can help you.

The Skills and Training Incentive, provides eligible older Australians with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to gain new skills. 

Skills Checkpoint and Training Incentive

Looking for a job and need help to improve your English, reading, writing or mathematics skills?

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Is this for me?

  • I’m of working age (15 years and above)
  • I’m an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or I have working rights in Australia
  • I’m registered as a job seeker with Centrelink or an Employment Service Provider
  • I’m not a full time student

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides language, literacy and numeracy training of up to 650 hours to eligible job seekers, to help them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.

The program caters for job seeker groups with literacy and/or numeracy training needs including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, youth, people with disabilities, mature aged people, and job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Skills for Education and Training (SEE) Program

Develop your language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) skills to up-skill or re-skill for new roles.

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Is this for me?

  • I want to improve my language, numeracy and digital literacy
  • I am employed or recently unemployed
  • I want help to pay for my course

If you are looking to improve your language, literacy and numeracy skills to move into a new job or undertake further education and training, you may be eligible for a Government funded course under the Foundation Skills for Your Future program.

Go to new website pages on Foundations Skills for Your Future 

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

Find examples of businesses that have had great success.

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Is this for me?

  • I want to learn about other people’s experiences of the vocational education and training system.

You can see real stories from Australians who have completed vocational education and training at the Australian Training Awards website. The awards have been running since 1994 and recognise individuals, employers and registered training organisations that have contributed to skilling Australia. 

Australian Training Awards

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