Knowing what's out there

There are many opportunities in the jobs market, but you may have to think about working in a different industry or job to what you are used to. Online self-help resources such as JobOutlook and Skills Match can help you identify where the jobs are and what you need to do to get them. This page also contains support for people who are over 45 and looking for a job.


Choosing an occupation

Skills Match

If you want to learn more about how your skills and work experience can prepare you for a career change, Skills Match on Job Outlook can help.

For more information on identifying, updating and transferring your skills, go to the "Get some training" section of this website.

Job outlook

If you are considering a career change, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website provides information about different occupations and industries to help you make the decision.

The website has useful information on more than 1000 occupations, including job tasks, required skills, future employment prospects, and pay. If you are unsure of what sort of job you are looking for, the Job Outlook Career Quiz can help you to understand your work preferences and explore career options suited to your interests.

Formal recognition of skills

Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work, volunteering (including activities in the community) and life experience.

You may be able to have this skill and knowledge formally recognised and count towards a qualification. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL assessments can reduce the amount of study you have to do for a qualification, and may even award you a qualification in full.

For information about how to get assessed for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) go to the myskills Help page.

Relocating for work

Relocating Assistance to Take up a Job

Relocating Assistance to Take up a Job is an Australian Government program that assists eligible participants to relocate to take up an offer of employment. Relocation assistance helps participants accept work outside of their area by removing the financial barriers that can prevent people relocating.

Go to where the jobs are

When deciding on your next career move, you may have to consider moving for the right job.

Expanding your job search beyond your current location may increase the number of job opportunities, but there are some important factors to consider to make sure moving is the right decision for you.

The Australian Government Job Jumpstart website lists some important questions for you to consider and has useful tips and tools to help you to make the most of your potential move.

Support for over 45s

Restart - help to employ mature workers

Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.

Further information on Restart can be found on the Restart webpage. Information on other financial incentives available can be found on the wage subsidies page.

If you have any questions or would like to apply for Restart contact an employment services provider or by calling the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to jointly fund training to help you build skills to remain in the workforce longer.

More information can be found online at the Skills and Training Incentive page.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program (Department of Education, Skills and Employment)

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program provides advice howto workers aged 45-70 on how they can use their existing skills to gain new jobs or help them identify what skills and training they may need to seek alternative employment.

Career Transition Assistance

Career Transition Assistance helps mature age job seekers build their confidence and become more competitive in their local labour market.

The program provides practical assistance to help participants gain the contemporary skills they need to move into ongoing employment.

Career Transition Assistance is available in five Employment Regions across Australia and available nationally from July 2019.

Pathway to Work

Pathway to work program helps mature age job seekers become more competitive in their local labour market.

Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP)

Future job opportunities

If you are considering your training and career options, it can be useful to know where the jobs are in the Australian labour market, and where they will be in the future.

So think as broadly as possible about what you want to do next, remembering you need to have several options. The more broadly you can think, the better your odds of getting a job.

For information on what employers are looking for go to the Labour Market Information Portal.