The Queensland Government is committed to driving increased employment opportunities across the state. Mature Aged Worker Boost payments of up to $20,000 are available to eligible employers who hire an eligible unemployed mature aged jobseeker (aged 55 years or over) in Regional or South East Queensland between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018 (subject to availability of funds).

Applications can be made online through QGrants after your employee completes four weeks of paid employment.

Mature Aged Worker Boost Payments ($20,000)

For a jobseeker previously unemployed (minimum four weeks) and aged 55 years or over who commences employment between 1 January 2018 – 30 June 2018 (inclusive).

Payments are made directly to the eligible employer, in three parts:

  • Initial payment of $6,000 after four weeks of continuous employment and approval of the initial payment application.
  • Second payment of $7,000 after 26 weeks of continuous employment with the same employer and approval of the second payment claim.
  • Final payment of $7,000 after 52 weeks of continuous employment with the same employer and approval of the final payment claim.

Note: Claims cannot be made for second or final payments (later payments) unless there is an approved initial payment application for that employee lodged by the same employer.

The figures provided in the example above are payments for eligible full-time jobs. Eligible part-time jobs attract 75 per cent of the full support payment. This includes eligible part-time jobs for an employee with a disability with approved benchmark working hours.

An eligible employee for the Mature Aged Worker Boost payment:

  • Must be a permanent resident of Australia with their principal place of residency in Queensland and
  • Was unemployed for at least four weeks directly prior to commencing employment 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 during the eligible timeframe period (1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018 inclusive) for applications being made for Mature Aged Worker Boost payment 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 and
  • Must be aged 55 years or over on the date they commenced employment with the eligible employer.

All employers are eligible except for government entities (this includes local, State and Commonwealth governments, government-owned corporations, and statutory bodies).

Employers must have:

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

Applicants will need to confirm, for each application submitted, that they:

  • Have thoroughly read and understood the Guidelines and Terms and Conditions and
  • Consent to the Back to Work Team sharing information with Queensland and Commonwealth Government agencies for the purposes of assessing, monitoring and auditing compliance with the eligibility criteria for the Back to Work Program, and to promote the Back to Work Program, as set out in the privacy statement contained in the Terms and Conditions and
  • Have obtained the consent of the employee referred to in the application to disclose the personal details of the employee for the purposes set out in the privacy statement contained in the Terms and Conditions.

Applications must be made by the employer, not an agent or other party. This is because the employer needs to agree to the terms and conditions of the Back to Work Program.

  • Ongoing paid full-time (at least 35 hours per week on average) or
  • Ongoing paid part-time (at least 20 hours per week on average) or
  • For a person with a disability working between 8 and 20 hours per week, hours consistent with their approved benchmark on average or
  • A registered and eligible Queensland full-time or part-time apprenticeship (refer to What are ineligible apprentices under Back to Work? below).
  • A casual job (i.e. may not have guaranteed hours of work each week; may involve working irregular hours; does not provide paid sick or annual leave). Further information can be found at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/types-of-employees/casual-part-time-and-full-time/casual-employees
  • Periodic employment such as engagements that are short-term in nature (e.g. weekly hire basis).
  • Employees transitioning from casual or periodic employment to ongoing part-time or ongoing full-time work will not be eligible.
  • Where the applicant is not directly employing the employee (i.e. employed on contract via a third party, such as a labour hire company or group training organisation).
  • A job that offers full-time salary or wages above $120,000 per annum (or pro rata for part-time).
  • A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship for which the employer is eligible to receive Queensland’s Apprenticeship Trainee Rebate for payroll tax
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship which is funded through either the Queensland Government First Start or Work Start programs.

Eligibility criteria apply. Employers will need to ensure that their business, the jobseeker being recruited to the role and the job that is being offered meet the program eligibility criteria.

The jobseeker needs to be hired on or after 1 January 2018.

Applications will open from 29 January 2018 and must be made online through QGrants.

Initial payment applications must be received within eight weeks of the employee completing four weeks of continuous employment with the eligible employer.

There are a few simple things that employers can do now to get ready to make an application.

  1. Read the Back to Work Regional or SEQ Guidelines for Funding
  2. Set up a QGrants account at https://qgrants.osr.qld.gov.au/portal/
  3. If you cannot locate your ABN Registration Certificate, apply for a replacement certificate at https://abr.gov.au/Media-centre/Featured-news/Business,-Super-funds-and-charities/How-to-get-a-copy-of-your-ABN-certificate/

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