Back to Work Funding

 

What is the Back to Work program?

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. Support payments are available to eligible employers who hire a previously unemployed Queenslander who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment, directly prior to commencing work with them.

The program is available throughout Regional Queensland and in areas of South East Queensland (SEQ) experiencing significant labour market challenges.

Employer Support Payments and Youth Boost payments are available to eligible employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria. 

The program is not a wage subsidy. The decision to employ someone is at the discretion of the employer and must be a business decision that is independent of the availability of the Back to Work support payment.

Where is the Back to Work program delivered?

Back to Work – SEQ
Eligible Local Government areas are:

– Logan
– Scenic Rim
– Ipswich
– Lockyer Valley
– Somerset 
– Moreton Bay

Back to Work – Regional
Eligible regions are:

– Central Queensland
– Far North Queensland
– Mackay/ Whitsunday
– North Queensland
– North West Queensland
– South West Queensland
– Wide Bay Burnett

Back to Work – SEQ funding.

Employer Support Payments ($15,000) for a job seeker (25 years or over), previously unemployed for 52 weeks or longer.

Youth boost Payments ($20,000) for a job seeker (aged between 15-24 years) previously unemployed for a minimum of four weeks.

NB: Claims cannot be made for second or final payments (later payments) unless the previous payment applications for that employee were lodged by the same employer and approved.

Back to Work – Regional funding.

Employer Support Payments ($15,000) for a job seeker previously unemployed between four and 52 weeks.

Employer Support Payments ($15,000) for a job seeker previously unemployed for 52 weeks or more.

Youth Boost Payments ($20,000) for a job seeker (aged between 15-24 years) previously unemployed for a minimum of four weeks.

NB: Claims cannot be made for second or final payments (later payments) unless the previous payment applications for that employee were lodged by the same employer and approved.

Employers not eligible for a Back to Work payment may still be eligible for a Work Start incentive payment for hiring a new trainee or apprentice who had previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.

Important information about submitting applications.

Applications for Back to Work payments must be made by the employer, not an agent or other party. This is because the employer needs to agree to the terms and conditions of the Back to Work program. From 1 July 2019, a certified copy of the employer’s ID must be included as evidence for all applications.

Initial payment applications must be received within eight weeks of the employee completing four weeks of continuous employment.

Detailed information and eligibility criteria can be found on Queensland Government’s Back to Work Initiatives website.

Ready to Apply?

Applications must be made through the QGrants system.

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