Rockhampton Employment Forum aims to kickstart local jobs

Posted: 4th May

Local jobs were top of the agenda at an Employment Networking Forum held in Rockhampton today.

Employment Minister Grace Grace hosted the forum, which brought together employers and businesses, along with local council representatives and project officers from the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs program.

“Jobs are the number one focus of the Palaszczuk Government and we’ll continue to work overtime to generate more employment opportunities in Rockhampton and throughout Central Queensland,” she said.

“Today’s forum is about helping employers and businesses to connect with local jobseekers to help drive local employment throughout the region.

“Our $100 million Back to Work regional jobs program is front and centre of our local job creation efforts.

“Back to Work has already helped 452 Central Queensland jobseekers to get back on the job, and there are more applications coming in every day.

“So far, 213 jobseekers have been hired under the $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost available to businesses that take on a worker aged 15-24.

“The Palaszczuk Government is also investing $823 million in local infrastructure projects throughout the Fitzroy, supporting 2,500 jobs.

“We’ll continue fight for jobs and invest in programs that can get more Rockhampton and Central Queensland jobseekers back to work."

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, who also attended the forum, said he had received supportive commentary from small businesses about the Back to Work program and the calibre of the workers they had employed through it.

“The evidence is there,” Mr Byrne said. This is a Palaszczuk Government initiative that is working positively to reduce unemployment and help our businesses. 

“Our over-riding priority is to create jobs. Every single new job is precious because employment transfoms lives.”

Back to Work

  • Provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
  • $10,000 for an unemployed worker
  • $15,000 for a long term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more)
  • $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 31 October 2017)

Businesses can visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.