Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Grace Grace

Thursday, December 01, 2016


$20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” kicks off in regional Queensland

Employers in regional Queensland now have an extra incentive to hire a young jobseeker with the commencement of the Palaszczuk Government’s $20,000 Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ initiative.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the additional incentive, starting today, was part of the state government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs package.

“The Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ is a powerful regional jobs incentive for the festive season,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It’s been strategically timed to coincide with the end of the senior school year, when many school leavers are looking for work.

“The ‘Youth Boost’ gives regional employers support payments of $20,000 per worker for hiring a jobseeker aged 15-24.

“It’s exclusive to regional Queensland and is only available to the end of February 2017.”

Employment Minister Grace Grace said the existing Back to Work support payments remained in place and would continue to be available all year round.

“More than 1,000 regional Queensland employers had received or applied for Back to Work support payments since the program kicked off in late July,” Ms Grace said.

“The number of applications is growing every day and we expect this two-year program, which is backed by $100 million, to support up to 8000 jobs.

“If you’re a regional employer thinking of hiring a jobseeker, get in touch with our Back to Work teams.”

Back to Work

  • Provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
  • $10,000 for an unemployed worker
  • $15,000 for a long term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more)
  • $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2017)

Businesses can visit or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.