Back to Work aims to give businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland regions, with a focus on disadvantaged jobseekers. It will provide an economic boost to Queensland regions facing challenging times. These regions are: Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Mackay/Whitsunday, Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett, North West and South West. Read the Back to Work – Overview Factsheet.

The Back to Work regional employment package includes:

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$80 million for support payments for employers to take on regional jobseekers, including long-term unemployed. Read the factsheet on Employer Support Payments.

$10 million for additional training for eligible jobseekers to ensure they have the skills they need for work through the Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost. Read the factsheet on the Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost.

$10 million for Back to Work Teams to work with local employers and jobseekers and build regional employment solutions. Officers will also help create the capacity needed to meet emerging needs through networks and other innovative ideas. Read the factsheet on Back to Work Teams.

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Regional and Targeted Cohort Employment Forum summaries

During 2015-16, the Queensland Government hosted Employment Forums across Queensland to gain local insight into employment challenges and opportunities facing each region/cohort. The results of these forums have been used to inform Queensland Government’s employment policy. Below are the summaries for each forum.