Pathway to Work


Pathway to Work is part of the Australian Government's $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget to help mature age job seekers become more competitive in their local labour market.

Pathway to Work is a small scale initiative designed to trial a variety of activities aimed at stimulating demand for mature age workers.

From 1 July 2018, up to ten Pathway to Work activities will be established in regions across Australia to:

  1. Encourage employers to hire mature age job seekers, by learning from those employers who are already leaders in mature age recruitment and retention;
  2. Connect employers with mature age job seekers; and
  3. Demonstrate, through pilot projects, how existing funding and programs can be packaged together to prepare mature age job seekers for identified jobs.

Who will be eligible?

Eligibility may differ between pilot projects, however it will be limited to mature age individuals in receipt of income support who are registered with a jobactive provider.

Implementation – Next Steps

The specific activities in each region will be developed through collaboration between the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (former Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) and the responsible employers, industry organisations, State Government agencies, training organisations and service providers.

Regionally based activities, including pilot projects, will commence progressively from 1 July 2018 and will take place on a rolling basis until 30 June 2021. Activities and pilot projects will be of varying duration depending on the location, industry and participants.

Other mature age employment Budget measures

Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget:

More Choices for a Longer Life Package announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget: