The $20,000 Youth Boost payment is an employer support payment offered under Back to Work that is specifically targeted towards employers who hire a young unemployed person aged between 15-24 years during the specified eligibility period (i.e. between 1 December 2016 and 30 June 2018 inclusive). The Government is seeking to support genuine jobs and to stimulate employment opportunities and economic growth by supporting employers to hire unemployed young people in regional Queensland.
The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person between 1 December 2016 and 30 June 2018 (inclusive).
The Youth Boost payment is made up of three instalments, which will be paid directly to employers across a 12 month employment period. Payments are subject to employers continuing to meet the Youth Boost payment eligibility requirements.
Funding of $20,000 (for a full-time employee) is available under the Youth Boost initiative. Payments are made directly to the employer of an eligible employee, and are paid in three parts (subject to an approved application):
- first payment of $6,000 after 4 weeks of continuous employment;
- second payment of $7,000 after 26 weeks of continuous employment; and
- final payment of $7,000 on completion of 52 weeks continuous employment.
Eligible part-time jobs between 20 and 35 hours per week on average (or 8 to 35 hours per week on average for a person with a disability with an approved work assessment) attract 75% of the full Youth Boost payment (i.e. $15,000 over 12 months, in three payments). The Youth Boost payment is not available for casual employment. This condition is the same as applies to the Employer Support Payment.