The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person (aged 15-24) between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive). Visit the For Employers page for information on how to apply and for a list of FAQ’s.


Employers are able to apply for Youth Boost from 29 December 2016, noting that as part of the eligibility requirements an employee must be employed for a period of 4 weeks before an application can be made.


Applications for the first payment must be received within 12 weeks of the commencement date of the employee. Applications received after this timeframe will not be eligible.


Additional applications will be required for the second and final parts of the Youth Boost payments.


Employers will need to substantiate ongoing eligibility. At the completion of the 26 week employment period applicants will have 12 weeks to claim for the second payment. At the completion of the 52 week employment period applicants will have 12 weeks to claim for the third and final payment.


What funding is available?

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 young 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).


Who is an eligible employee?

An eligible employee is a person who:


  • is aged 15-24 years (over 15 years and below 25 years) on the date they commence employment with the employer making the application;
  • is a permanent resident living in Queensland;
  • was unemployed for at least four weeks directly prior to commencing employment with the eligible employer;
  • commenced paid work with the eligible employer between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017 (inclusive);
  • has worked with the employer for at least four weeks prior to application; and
  • has not undertaken paid work for the employer in the 52 weeks prior to their commencement date
  • is not a full-time student.


Employers will be required to submit proof of age documentation as part of their application.


Who is an eligible employer?

All employers who hire an eligible employee in a regional Queensland job are eligible except for government entities including local, State and Commonwealth government, government owned corporations and statutory bodies.


Employers will be asked to declare:


  • they have a good workplace safety or industrial relations record;
  • are committed to ongoing employment of the employee;
  • the employee has not displaced any existing workers; and
  • where this employment is provided for a young person with a disability, the person is engaged in the mainstream workforce, alongside employees without disability.


What is an eligible job?

An eligible job must:


  • be mainly located in regional Queensland, that is outside of the following local government areas: Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Toowoomba;
  • not be a job on contract with a third party, such as a labour hire company or group training organisation
  • be paid work full-time or part-time with standard conditions (not casual);
  • be at least 20 hours per week on average (or at least 8 hours a week for a person with a disability with an approved work assessment); and
  • not offer full-time salary or wages above $120,000 per annum (or pro rata for part-time).


Are apprenticeships and traineeships eligible?

Payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships where the employer is not eligible for Queensland’s Apprentice Trainee rebate for payroll tax.


How do I apply?

Applications are now open online. Read the full program guidelines for Employer Support Payments.


More Information

Read the frequently asked questions.


Learn more about the Back to Work – Regional Employment Package or call 13QGOV (13 74 68).