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Skills Checkpoint Program

Skills Checkpoint Program

Get a 50% subsidy through the Australian government-funded program for older Australians.

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At Open Colleges we believe that everyone should have access to education, regardless of their circumstance. That’s why we are offering the Skills Checkpoint Program in partnership with VERTO, to enable older Australian workers, and recently unemployed older Australians, to remain in, or re-enter the workforce. 

The Skills Checkpoint program will:

  • Offer personalised advice and guidance on up-skilling for a current job, transitioning into new roles within a current industry or pathways to new careers, including options for relevant education and training. 
  • Allow eligible individuals access to a government subsidy of 50% of course fees, up to the value of $2,200 to fund reskilling or up-skilling opportunities.


1. Am I Eligible?

2. How can I use the Skills Checkpoint Program to fund my Open Colleges course?

You can call one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants on 1300 961 283 to get this process started.

Skills Checkpoint is delivered across Australia by ‘VERTO’ and ‘BUSY At Work’.  A representative will contact you by phone to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria.  

If you do,  you’ll work closely with a Career Advisor and focus on your work experience, strengths and preferences. You will also undertake individually tailored assessments and psychometric testing to identify career and skilling options. 

If the advisor believes that a VET course at Open Colleges is the right avenue for you, the Australian government will fund 50% of the course fee, up to the value of $2,200 (GST inclusive).



  • The Initiative will fund 50% of your course up to a maximum of $2200 (GST inclusive).
  • One-to-one support and recommendations from an experienced Careers Advisor.
  • The Initiative will fund 50% of your course up to a maximum of $2200 (GST inclusive).
  • Either you or your current employer must provide a co-contribution to pay the remaining balance of the course in full, upfront.
  • Contact one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants on 1300 961 283 to get you started on this path.
  • A Career Advisor from VERTO or Busy at Work will first call to determine if you are eligible for the Government subsidy. If yes, they will set up a face-to-face meeting.
  • Before attending this meeting, you will be sent two assessments - a Psychometric Assessment  and a Skills Assessment which must be completed before you meet.
  • Within 10-15 business days, you will meet with your Advisor to discuss your prospects and if Open Colleges is the right fit for you (30-45min conversation)
  • Your Career Advisor will develop a personalised Career Plan to assist you to identify: 
  • options and skills to develop if you wish to transition to a new career or undertake a new role in your current occupation; or
  • skills you could develop or enhance to increase your capacity to perform in your current role. 
  • Your Career Plan will also provide advice and recommendations about skills and training options. 
  • VERTO or Busy at Work will communicate with Open Colleges directly to inform us that you are now registered and ready to commence.
  • One of our Enrolment Consultants will then call you to congratulate you and formally enrol you in the course!
  • You will be sent an invoice for your share of the course. Please note, this must be paid in full within 7 business days.
  • Once paid, you can begin your course and new life chapter!
  • The approval process can take up to 6 weeks.
  • The subsidy is available from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2020 for up to 3,600 participants per year.
  • For more information, please visit the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
  • Alternatively, to find out more about your payment options, please contact one of our Enrolment Consultants on 1300 961 283.

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