Back to Work Employment Package - Queensland

Description

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. The program is available throughout regional Queensland and in areas of South-East Queensland (SEQ) experiencing significant labour market challenges.

Back to Work Regional Employment Package supports regional Queensland businesses when they employ eligible unemployed jobseekers.

The amount of payment offered varies depending on the type of worker employed:

  • job seeker unemployed for between 4-52 weeks - payments of up to $10,000
  • job seeker unemployed for 52 weeks or more - payments of up to $15,000
  • youth (aged 15-24 years) - unemployed four weeks or more - payments of up to $20,000.

From 1 July 2017, eligible employers may claim a maximum of five Back to Work regional initial payment applications.

The program is offered in the following regions:

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

Back to Work South East Queensland supports employers in areas of South East Queensland experiencing labour market challenges to employ long-term unemployed and young jobseekers.

The amount of payment offered varies depending on the type of worker employed:

  • job seeker unemployed for 52 weeks or more - payments of up to $15,000
  • youth (aged 15-24 years) unemployed for four weeks of more - payments of up to $20,000.

Eligible employers may claim a maximum of five Back to Work SEQ initial payment applications. Eligible part-time jobs attract 75 percent of the full payment.

This program is offered in the following local government areas:

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

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

Find out more about the eligibility criteria at the Back to Work website.

Commencement

Initial payment applications must be received within eight weeks of the employee completing four weeks of continuous employment.
Later payment applications must be received within 12 weeks of the employee completing:

  • 26 weeks of continuous employment for the second Youth Boost Payment and Employer Support Payment for Back to Work SEQ
  • 52 weeks of continuous employment for the final Employer Support Payment or Youth Boost Payment (both Back to Work Regional and Back to Work SEQ).

Duration

12 months

Expiry

Timeframes to make initial applications and subsequent later payment claims must be adhered to as per the Back to Work Guidelines for Funding.

Application process

Employers must have a:

  • good workplace and safety industrial relations record
  • genuine commitment to ongoing employment of the employee.

Approval time

Applications submitted with all complete and correct information and documents are usually processed within 15 business days. This may change depending on application volume. Applicants can review the status of their application at any time by logging into the QGrants system.

Additional information

  • Employer Support Payments and Youth Boost Payments are available to eligible employers who meet all the 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.

Administering agency

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Other: 13 74 68
Email: backtowork@desbt.qld.gov.au
Website: https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/ (Opens in new window)