The Mid-Career Checkpoint program is a new Australian Government program that will assist people who have spent more than two years out of the workforce undertaking caring responsibilities and are now looking to return to paid employment.
The program will also assist former carers who have recently returned to paid employment and would like to advance or change their career.
Under the Mid-Career Checkpoint program, participants will receive free skills and employment assessment services, tailored career advice and coaching sessions. All participants will receive a highly customised Skills, Training and Employment Plan (STEP) that details their employment goals and identifies their attributes, skills and qualifications, as well as any skills gaps. Each participant’s STEP will also provide information on local employment and training opportunities, in line with the participant’s employment goals.
The program has two entry points:
- ‘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
- ‘Stepping Up’ supports carers who have recently returned to the paid workforce with
access to advice on advancing or changing their career.
The Mid-Career Checkpoint program will operate as a pilot program in New South Wales and Queensland from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. Subject to an evaluation by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the program may be rolled out nationally in 2021.
Two providers have been selected to deliver the pilot program:
- Apprenticeship Support Australia in NSW; and
- Sarina Russo Job Access (Australia) Pty Ltd in QLD
For more information on how to access the Mid-Career Checkpoint program in NSW and QLD, please contact the service provider in your state: