Program expanded for more jobs in regional Queensland

The Palaszczuk Government’s successful Back to Work incentive for businesses to hire young and long-term unemployed staff has been expanded to encourage businesses to take on a mature-aged employee with payments of up to $20,000.

Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher said the incentive to hire mature-aged employees will have a positive impact on local businesses.

“The experience and knowledge that our mature-aged Queenslanders can bring to a business is invaluable to the regions,” he said.

“Back to Work encourages employers to have the confidence to take on a new employee, creating more jobs for Queensland while supporting local businesses.”

Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said it was programs like Back to Work that supported businesses to grow.

“We know that some people are still struggling to find the right opportunity and that’s what makes Back to Work so successful,” Ms Fentiman said.

Back to Work Regional Employment Package is a $305 million initiative designed to give businesses the confidence to employ regional job seekers and provide an economic boost to regions facing challenging times

Employer Support, Youth Boost, and Mature Aged Worker Boost payments are available under these Guidelines to employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria.

From 1 July 2017, each eligible employer may claim a maximum of five Back to Work regional initial payment applications. This cap applies to regional Employer Support, Youth Boost and Mature Aged Worker Boost payments and combinations of those payment types. Once a total of five initial payment applications have been approved, no further initial payment applications can be accepted.

Employer Support Payments

  • $10,000 for a jobseeker previously unemployed between four and 52 weeks
  • $15,000 for a jobseeker previously unemployed 52 weeks or more
  • Youth Boost Payments of $20,000 for a Jobseeker previously unemployed (minimum four weeks) and aged between 15-24 years
  • Mature Aged Worker Boost of $20,000 for a jobseeker previously unemployed (minimum four weeks) and aged 55 years or over

*Eligibility criteria apply. Figures quoted are for eligible full-time jobs. Eligible part-time jobs attract 75 percent of the full payment.

Employers are encouraged to visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, to apply for an employer support payment or connect with their local Back to Work team.