The revitalised Back to Work program is available from 1 July 2021.

 

Revitalised Back to Work program for employers

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment and help workers facing disadvantage in the labour market.

From 1 July 2021, the Back to Work program will provide both 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 vulnerable cohort 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 Incentive Payments will be available to eligible employers who employ a previously unemployed Queenslander from an eligible group (may also be referred to as cohort).

Eligible employees for a Back to Work Employer Incentive payment include:

  • a young person aged 15-24
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person
  • a person with disability
  • a long-term unemployed person (previously unemployed for 52 weeks).

Employers will have access to two support payments:

  • Youth Boost ($20,000): To hire a job seeker aged 15-24 who was previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks.
  • Back to Work Support Payment: To hire a job seeker from the identified targeted groups previously unemployed for a minimum of eight weeks.*

*Other eligibility criteria applies.

The application cap on employers will be reset to 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.

Under the revitalised Back to Work program, there is a stronger focus on supporting employers to keep or retain their employees on a long-term basis.

The new Small Business Support Pool is available to small business employers who have been approved for a Back to Work Incentive Payment and need assistance to support and retain their employees.

Eligible employers can access a $2000 payment to support employee retention, with the funding to be used for a range of eligible categories of support.

The Back to Work program has teams based throughout Queensland who can provide local support to employers and job seekers.

Back to Work Employer Officers work with employers who are considering employing local job seekers. They provide guidance on how to apply for the Back to Work program and advice on employee retention tools and options available including other available government assistance.

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers work with job seekers or those at risk of losing their jobs, providing independent advice and access to services, tools and support that may be of assistance.

You can find your local Back to Work team here.

The revitalised Back to Work program will develop partnerships with industries who are experiencing skills shortages and limited labour supply to increase employment participation from disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

The purpose of these partnerships will be to trial new, innovative approaches aimed at creating improved job matching, industry specific pre-employment pathways and the development of support tools and resources for both jobseekers and employers.

Further information will be available on the Back to Work website soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Back to Work Incentive 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 groups; 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.

Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Guidelines and Resources section.

In addition to targeted Back to Work Incentive Payments, a new range of intensive support for employers will be available. Learn more about the Small Business Support Pool here.

Further information and updates on the additional supports for employers will be provided on this website.

The Back to Work program also has teams based throughout Queensland who can provide local support to employers and job seekers. Find your local Back to Work team here.