Back to Work - Regional Queensland

Posted: 10th Nov

If you are a jobseeker who can work in regional or South East Queensland you may be able to access support to help you get back to work. The Back to Work Employment Package (Back to Work) provides support for employers to take on new employees in regions that are doing it tough.

It also provides an opportunity for jobseekers to upskill and retrain for jobs to keep pace with a changing Queensland economy.

Eligible Employees

An eligible employee for the Employer Support Payments:

  • Must be a permanent resident of Australia and their principal place of residency is in Queensland and
  • Was unemployed for at least four weeks directly prior to commencing with the eligible employer and
  • Has not worked for the eligible employer in the 12 months directly prior to commencing employment with the eligible employer and
  • Commenced employment with the eligible employer between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018 (inclusive) and
  • At the time the initial payment application is made, has been in paid employment with the eligible employer for at least four weeks but not more than 12 weeks and
  • Is not a full-time student and
  • Must not have displaced any existing workers and
  • If the employee has a disability, must be engaged in mainstream employment.

All eligible employees for Youth Boost Payments:

  • Must meet all of the criteria for the Employer Support Payment except for the timeframes for commencement of employment (see below) and
  • Must be over the age of 15 years and below the age of 25 years on the date they commenced employment with the eligible employer (but can turn 25 during the period of their employment) and
  • Commenced employment between 1 December 2016 and 31 October 2017 (inclusive).

For further information on eligibility criteria and definitions, please refer to the explanatory notes in the Back to Work Regional Guidelines for Funding and Terms and Conditions.

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