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The 'Back to Work' regional jobs package now available for employers
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The 'Back to Work' regional jobs package now available for employers

Published 2 March 2017

The Queensland government's 'Back to work' package includes payments of $10 000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, rising to $15 000 for the long-term unemployed.

In addition, the $20,000 "Youth Boost" is now available for regional Queensland businesses as an incentive to hire local unemployed young people. This is a great incentive for employers to hire high school leavers or unemployed people aged 15-24.

The regional jobs package opens Dec 1 and closes 31 Oct 2017.

More information available at:


  • 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 Oct 2017)

  • To be eligible for an employer support payment, employees need to have started work on, or after, Friday 1 July 2016, and have been employed for at least four weeks.

  • Eligibility criteria apply and payments will be paid to businesses in two parts.

  • The first payment is made after one month, and the balance at the end of the employee's first year with the business.

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