Back To Work Incentives to Support Business


The Back To Work incentives gives small businesses the confidence to take on a new employee and provides an economic boost to our Queensland regions facing challenging times.

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Grow your business with a $20,000 Youth Boost

Back To Work is a two-year program running to June 2018 that provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker.
Support payments currently available for eligible employers of up to:

  • $10,000 for an unemployed worker
  • (out of work for four to 52 weeks) Regional Program Only*

  • $15,000 for long term unemployed (out of work for 12 months or more)
  • $20,000 for hiring a young job seeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 30 June 2018)

* Eligibility requirements apply

Which regions are targeted through Back to Work?

Back to Work aims to give businesses the confidence to employ job seekers in Queensland regions, with a focus on disadvantaged job seekers and provide an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

It has been rolled out across the following regions: Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Mackay/Whitsunday, Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett North West and South West.

From 1 July 2017, the program will be extended to South East Queensland. An eligible job must be mainly located in one of the following local government areas: Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Toowoomba.

Payments are made directly to you – the employer! And the first payment is made after 4 weeks of continuous employment.

$20,000 Youth Boost payment is specifically targeted towards employers who hire unemployed youth aged between 15 to 24 during the eligibility period between 1 December 2016 and now extended to 30th of June 2018.” (inclusive).

Support payments currently available for eligible employers of up to:
Payments are made in three parts:

  • first payment of $6,000 after 4 weeks of continuous employment. This means you aren’t out of pocket for wages while you get your new employee up to speed
  • Second payment of $7,000 after 26 weeks of continuous employment; and
  • Final payment of $7,000 on completion of 52 weeks continuous employment

Subsidies are available for both full-time and part-time employment.

For part-time positions between 20 and 35 hours per week on average (or 8 to 35 hours per week on average for a young person with a disability with an approved work assessment) attract 75% of the full Youth Boost payment, ($15,000 (over 12 months in three payments).

$10,000 available for employing a person of any age

If you employ someone that has been unemployed for the past 4 weeks you can apply for a $10,000 – $15,000 Employer Support Payment!

Payments are made directly to you as the employer and paid in 2 parts:

  • First payment of 40% is made after 4 weeks of employment and acceptance of the application
  • Final payment of 60% paid on completion of 12 months continuous employment with the same employer

All eligible employees attract a payment of $10,000, and this increases to $15,000 for employees who have been unemployed for 52 weeks or more.

If you have always wanted to take on a new employee, but money has held you back, the Back to Work initiative is a must for you!

For more information about the Back To Work – fill out the below form or visit Back To Work.

The Back to Work incentive is made available by the Queensland Government.

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