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.

The Youth Boost payment is intended to stimulate demand for young jobseekers in regional Queensland and to contribute to the achievement of reduced levels of youth unemployment in Queensland, particularly in regional areas that are experiencing higher rates of youth unemployment.

 

Back to Work Employer Support Payments of $10,000 for eligible jobseekers and $15,000 for eligible long term unemployed people will continue to be available during the three month Youth Boost payment period. There are no changes to the eligibility of the existing Back to Work Employer Support Payments.

 

An employer can only apply for one Back to Work employer support payment per employee and this includes the Youth Boost payment. If an employer has an approved Youth Boost payment application, the employer is not eligible for a separate Employer Support Payment in respect of the same employee. Similarly, if an employer has already been approved for an Employer Support Payment they cannot claim the Youth Boost payment in respect of the same employee. Applications made for an additional payment for the same employee will be treated as ineligible.

The Queensland Government is extending the eligibility period to 30 June 2018 based on positive feedback received from employers in regional Queensland and strong demand for the Youth Boost payment during its initial three month period.

 

Employment opportunities provided to regional jobseekers through the $150 million Back to Work Regional initiative is just one of many ways that the Government is contributing to improved labour market outcomes for unemployed Queenslanders. Other key initiatives include the $240 million Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program, the payroll tax rebate for apprentices and trainees, the $405 million Advance Queensland program and the $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund.

If you have employed an eligible young unemployed person between 1 March 2017 and 2March 2017 when the program extension was announced, you will still be able to apply for a Youth Boost payment.

Please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines for Funding and Terms and Conditions for further information.

Please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines for Funding and Terms and Conditions for further information.

Please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines for Funding’s Explanatory Notes (Attachment 1) for further information.

Please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines and Terms and Conditions for further information.

 

Yes. From 1 July 2017 the Queensland Government’s Back to Work South East Queensland program will provide support for employers who hire a young unemployed jobseeker or long-term unemployed jobseeker.

To learn more about Back to Work South East Queensland click here.

No. The total value of the Youth Boost payment is $20,000 for a full-time employee and does not increase if the young jobseeker has been unemployed for 52 weeks or more. The eligible jobseeker must have been unemployed for a minimum period of 4 weeks prior to commencing employment with the employer making the Youth Boost application.

 

This is different to the Back to Work Employer Support Payment – $10,000 is available for all eligible employees that have been unemployed for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to commencing employment and $15,000 for eligible employees who were long term unemployed – i.e. unemployed for 52 weeks or more prior to commencing employment with the employer making the application.

 

 

The Youth Boost payment is adjusted for part-time 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-time payment (i.e. $15,000).

No. The Youth Boost payment is not available for young people employed in a job on contract with a third party, such as a labour hire company or group training organisation. This condition is the same as applies to the Employer Support Payment.

No. Full-time students are not eligible employees for the Youth Boost payment. This is because the Government’s focus through Back to Work is on assisting unemployed people into jobs in regional Queensland. Full-time students are not considered to meet the definition of unemployed under Back to Work. However, part-time students may be eligible provided all other eligibility criteria are met.

 

This same condition applies to the Employer Support Payment.

For a listing of eligible jobs including apprenticeships and traineeships, please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

Yes. The same eligibility requirements will apply to the Youth Boost payment as for the Back to Work Employer Support Payments for people with a disability. A young person (15-24 year old) with a disability with an approved work assessment working 8-35 hours per week on average would be eligible for a Youth Boost payment.

 

Employers are required to declare that, where employment is provided for a person with a disability, the person is engaged in the mainstream workforce.

Yes. The same eligibility requirements will apply to the Youth Boost payment as for the Back to Work Employer Support Payments for part-time employment. The Youth Boost payment is available for eligible permanent 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). These employees attract 75% of the full support payment (i.e. $15,000). All other Youth Boost payment eligibility criteria must be met.

 

The Youth Boost payment is not available for casual employment. This condition is the same as applies to the Employer Support Payment.

To be eligible for the Youth Boost payment, the employee being claimed for must be aged between 15 years of age and below the age of 25 on the date that they commence their employment with the employer. If the eligible employee turns 25 years of age during the 12 month period covered by an approved Youth Boost application, the employer will continue to be eligible for the second and third payments, provided all other eligibility criteria are met.

No. It is not necessary to go through an employment agency or jobactive provider. The employee does not need to have been registered for, or in receipt of, an Australian Government payment to be considered unemployed.

 

Applications for the Youth Boost payment will be able to be made using the existing Back to Work online application system. This is accessed through the Back to Work website. The system will be updated and available for employers to make applications for Youth Boost payments from 29 December 2016. This is the first date that an employer who hires an eligible jobseeker can make an application, as Youth Boost payments (like Back to Work Employer Support Payments) can only be made after 4 weeks of employment with the employer making the application.

 

It is important to note that applications must be submitted by the employer, not an agent or other party. This is due to the requirement for the employer to agree to the conditions of the Youth Boost payments.

 

Back to Work Teams in Regional Queensland can provide information and guidance about Youth Boost and the application process. Their contact details are available at https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/contact-us/

The Queensland Government understands that employment relationships can change and there are likely to be genuine circumstances where it is not possible to maintain continuous employment for the full 52 week period.   Each Youth Boost payment will be processed using the online application process, which will include obtaining additional information to establish ongoing eligibility.

 

If employment ceases prior to an eligible young employee completing 26 weeks of continuous employment, an employer does not need to return the first payment, but will be ineligible for the second and third payments.

 

If employment of an eligible young employee ceases after more than 26 weeks and less than 52 weeks of continuous employment, an employer does not need to return the first or second payment, but will be ineligible for the third payment.

To be eligible for the Youth Boost payment, a job must not offer full-time salary or wages above $120,000 per annum (or pro rata for part-time). This is the same maximum as applies to the Employer Support Payment.

To be eligible for the Youth Boost payment, a job must be paid employment. Employers must pay employees correctly, and ensure they receive everything they are entitled to as an employee under the law. An employee’s minimum pay rate can come from an award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement or the national minimum wage.

 

To be eligible for the Youth Boost payment an employer is required to declare that they have a good workplace safety or industrial relations record.

 

An employer has a good workplace safety or industrial relations record if the employer has complied with relevant State and Commonwealth industrial and employment laws and/or has respected the rights of employees under those laws. This includes, but is not limited to, laws about:

  • industrial relations;
  • occupational health and safety;
  • workers’ compensation;
  • discrimination;
  • immigration; and
  • taxation (including superannuation).

No. The Youth Boost payment is only applicable for eligible employment commenced during the nominated three month period. To be eligible, the young jobseeker must have commenced paid employment with the employer making the Youth Boost payment application between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive).

 

If the employment commencement date is outside this timeframe, the employer will be ineligible for the Youth Boost payment. However, provided an employer meets all of the other Back to Work eligibility criteria (including an employment commencement date of on or after 1 July 2016) they may be eligible for an Employer Support Payment instead of the Youth Boost payment.

Employers who are eligible for the Youth Boost payment may also be eligible for wage subsidies provided by the Australian Government. Employers are able to claim payments provided via the Australian Government’s jobactive network at the same time as the Youth Boost payment offered by the Queensland Government provided these combined payments do need exceed more than 100% of the employee’s total wages.

 

State and Commonwealth agencies will undertake periodic data matching to support this.

Members of the public can get information about Back to Work from:

Website: www.qld.gov.au/backtowork

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 7468)