Back to Work South East Queensland
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 a long-term unemployed jobseeker in the South East Queensland region. To learn more visit Back to Work South East Queensland.
Back to Work Regional Queensland
The Youth Boost payment is available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young person (aged 15-24) between 1 December 2016 and 30 June 2018 (inclusive). If you employed an eligible young jobseeker after the 28th February 2017, prior to announcement of the initiative’s extension on 2 March 2017, you may still apply for a Youth Boost payment.
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 for the Youth Boost Payments:
- Must be a permanent resident of Australia and their principal residency is in Queensland and
- Was unemployed for at least four weeks directly prior to commencing employment with eligible employer and
- Has not worked for the eligible employer in the last 12 months directly prior to commencing employment with the eligible employer between 1 December 2016 and 30 June 2018 (inclusive) 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 no 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 over the age of 15 years and below the age of 25 years on the date they commenced employment with the eligible employer (but can turn 25 during the period of their employment).
Employers will be required to submit proof of age documentation as part of their application.
Who is an eligible employer?
All employers are eligible except for government entities (local, State and Commonwealth Governments and entities including 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.
From 1 July 2017, each eligible employer may claim a maximum of five Back to Work regional Queensland applications. For more information please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines for Funding.
What is an eligible job?
An eligible job must be:
- Mainly located in regional Queensland (excluding South East Queensland) and
- Ongoing paid full-time (at least 35 hours per week) or
- For a person with a disability working between 8 and 20 hours per week, hours consistent with their approved benchmark, averaged over a four-week cycle or
- A registered and eligible Queensland full-time or part-time apprenticeship.
For a full listing of eligibility criteria, please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
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.
For a full listing of eligible and ineligible apprenticeships and traineeships please refer to the Back to Work Regional Program Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
How do I apply?
Read the frequently asked questions.