Capricorn Coast benefits - 943 Central Queenslanders Helped Back to Work

Posted: 9th Aug

943 Central Queensland jobseekers are now back in employment thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Back to Work regional jobs program, Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said. 

“Already the Back to Work program has supported 502 Central Queensland employers to hire 943 local jobseekers,” he said. 

“This program has been an outstanding success and I encourage any employer who is thinking about hiring a jobseeker to apply now,” Mr Byrne said. 

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said local employers have so far received more than $5.1 million in support payments. 

“Employers are reaping the benefits of this program with over $5 million paid out in support payments – this is money employers can use to help grow and support their business,” he said. 

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said that young workers were also benefiting from the program with 564 locals aged 15-24 now in jobs. 

“The Youth Boost component of the program is specifically aimed at those aged 15-24 years with employers able to claim $20,000 if they hire an unemployed jobseeker under the Youth Boost,” Ms Lauga said. 

Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Back to Work program had so far supported 3,004 employers to hire 6,257 workers across regional Queensland. 

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.