Back to Work gives Queensland employers the confidence to take on someone new and the opportunity to grow their business.


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.

Back to Work

Back to Work provides financial and non-financial support to Queensland employers  and disadvantaged jobseekers. The revitalised Back to Work program, with $140 million invested over the next four years, now focuses on intensive support for jobseekers, employers and their employees.

A range of incentive payments and wrap around supports are available to employers who hire an eligible unemployed Queenslander from a targeted  group who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment directly prior to commencing work with them. In addition, a range of intensive support is also available for jobseekers and businesses to ensure they have what they need to succeed.


Back to Work is available in the following areas:

Regional Queensland

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

South East Queensland local government areas:

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


Back to Work Teams

Back to Work Teams are based throughout Queensland to support both employers and jobseekers locally. Teams include an Employer Officer, a Jobseeker Officer and in some regions a Youth Jobseeker Officer. Find your local Back to Work Team on the Contact Us

Back to Work Employer Officers

Back to Work Employer Officers work with employers who are considering employing local jobseekers. This includes:

  • Working directly with employers to assist and advise them in relation to the Back to Work program
  • Providing guidance on other Government supports and services available to employers
  • Representing the Back to Work program at employment industry events and meetings.

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers work with jobseekers or those at risk of losing their jobs to:

  • Get career advice that helps them to find a job that suits them
  • Find training that is linked to real jobs in the region
  • Help jobseekers to determine their individual skills as well as services and supports that may be of assistance
  • Provide independent advice on career and training opportunities.

Human Rights consideration

The intention of the Human Rights Act 2019 (the Act) is to ensure every person in Queensland is treated equally and without discrimination.

Although the eligibility criteria under Back to Work is not extended to all Queenslanders and therefore may limit the rights of those that are unable to access it, this is described as reasonable and justifiable under the Act (Section 13(2)) as the intent of Back to Work aims to achieve the purpose of the Act by supporting and encouraging equitable participation across a broad range of cohorts that generally face barriers to their participation in the labour market.

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