Queensland’s Back to Work employment program aims “to support more Queenslanders into jobs, with $140 million to be invested over the next four years”. The program, which was first introduced to the state in 2016, has seen over 25,000 people retain employment, with the assistance within the program provided to more than 11,800 employers.
The revamped program, which was first announced in this year’s state budget, aims to provide greater access and additional on-the-ground support for eligible employers and disadvantaged jobseekers.
Payments of up to $15,000 will be offered to eligible businesses who employ an eligible jobseeker, “including the long-term unemployed, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person or someone with disability”. Further, an additional $20,000 youth boost payment will be on offer for eligible businesses to employ an eligible Queenslander under 25.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the refreshed program showcases the commitment the state has to long-term employment prosperity.
“Wherever you are in Queensland, you deserve the chance to get a good job,” Minister Farmer said.
“We fund these job-creating initiatives not only because they provide vital career opportunities to Queenslanders, but because they help small businesses, too: over 80 per cent of employers benefiting from Back to Work are small businesses.
“We are unashamedly focused on getting our young people in the regions into jobs.
“These payments will create genuine, long-term employment outcomes.”
In addition to the financial employer incentives, a new range of intensive support for both jobseekers, employers and their employees will be available, according to Minister Farmer.
“We’ve made a number of changes in response to specific feedback we received after speaking with thousands of businesses at the Small Business Roadshow earlier this year,” Minister Farmer said.
“We’ve also added more elements to the program — including mentoring sessions, training guidance and support to secure possible employment requirements like a driving licence or a blue card — to ensure both jobseekers and businesses have what they need to succeed.
“This wraparound support will not only help businesses recruit workers, but, vitally, to retain them, too.”