The revitalised Back to Work program will be available from 1 July 2021.
The COVID-19 recovery phase requires an enhanced approach to employment that provides financial and non-financial support to employers and job seekers.
The previous Back to Work program predominantly provided employer support payments, whereas the revitalised Back to Work program will provide more intensive support to employers and disadvantaged job seekers.
Under the revitalised Back to Work program, employers will have access to two support payments:
- Youth Boost ($20,000): For a job seeker (aged between 15-24 years) previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks
- Back to Work Support Payment ($15,000): For a job seeker from the identified cohorts previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks.*
* Other eligibility criteria apply.
The revitalised Back to Work program will include targeted employer support payments for employers who employ young people, long term unemployed people (unemployed for 52 weeks or more), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with a disability into their business.
If you have employed someone up to and including 30 June 2021, your application will be assessed under the Back to Work Guidelines for Funding 2020-21.
The application cap will be reset from zero from 1 July 2021. This means an eligible employer may make a further four applications under the revitalised Back to Work program. This will be subject to program eligibility.
The revitalised Back to Work program will be available from 1 July 2021. Employers who employed a job seeker:
- from 1 July 2021; and
- from the targeted cohorts; and
- has been unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks (or more than 52 weeks for long term unemployed); and
- has been continuously employed for four weeks prior to making an application will be able to apply.
The QGrants application portal will be open to employers to make an application from mid-July.
Note: Eligibility criteria are subject to change with Guidelines for Funding published on the Back to Work website on 1 July 2021.
In addition to targeted employer support payments, a new range of intensive support for employers will be available. Further information and updates on the additional supports for employers will be provided on the website.