Applications now open for Back to Work SEQ employer support payments

Employment Minister Grace Grace has encouraged south east Queensland businesses who are thinking of hiring a new staff member to apply for support payments through the Palaszczuk Government’s Back to Work program. 

Employer support payments are available from today (29 July) and businesses are eligible to apply if employees have been working for a period of at least four weeks (since 1 July 2017). 

“Our Back to Work program has been an outstanding success in regional Queensland with over 6,000 jobseekers back at work since the program began in July 2016. 

“Given the success of the regional program, it has been extended to the south east, backed by $27.5 million in new funding. 

“This will support up to 1,500 new jobs in south east Queensland and it’s available now. 

“Eligible employers in the south east who take on a long-term unemployed jobseeker are in line for support payments of $15,000, rising to $20,000 for those who hire a young jobseeker aged 15-24 years,” Ms Grace said. 

Ms Grace said that in line with the regional program, Back to Work Officers would also be on the ground to assist jobseekers and employers. 

“These Officers will help employers and jobseekers navigate the system and help connect local employers with jobseekers on the ground. 

“Back to Work has given regional employers the confidence to hire and I want to encourage SEQ employers to take advantage of this great program like their regional counterparts have,” Ms Grace said.

For more information or to apply go to 

Back to Work South East Queensland * 

Support payments available NOW for eligible employers of up to: 

$15,000 for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed jobseeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)

$20,000 for a young jobseeker (aged between 15-24 years)

To be eligible, employees need to have started work on, or after Saturday 1 July 2017, and have been employed for at least four weeks. 

*Eligibility criteria applies

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