As part of the Queensland Government’s 2018 State Budget on 12 June 2018 we have been advised that the Back to Work program will be undergoing significant program updates from 1 July 2018.
Here is what we know so far.
The initial 12 month Back to Work SEQ program has been highly successful and was always due to end on 30 June 2018. However, it was announced that the Back to Work SEQ will remain available in areas of South East Queensland, which continue to experience significant labour market challenges.
BACK TO WORK SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND (SEQ)
From 1 July 2018, eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) for Back to Work SEQ will be:
- Scenic Rim
- Lockyer Valley
- Somerset and
- Moreton Bay
Important: All applications for the previous LGA eligible SEQ regions must be submitted in QGrants by 11.59pm, 30 June 2018. To be eligible the employee must have been employed for a minimum period of 4 weeks prior.
BACK TO WORK SEQ & REGIONAL
Mature Age Worker Boost Payment $20,000
From 30 June 2018 the Mature Age Worker Boost will cease.
The Mature Aged Worker Boost Payment is only available for applications submitted in QGrants by 11.59pm, 30 June 2018.
OTHER BACK TO WORK SEQ & REGIONAL PAYMENTS
The eligibility period for all other payments available under the Back to Work SEQ eligible LGA and Regional program have been extended until the 30th June 2020 (subject to the availability of funding).
This means if employers in SEQ eligible LGA or in regional Queensland hire an eligible unemployed job seeker they may be eligible for the following payments under Back to Work:
- Employer Support Payments ($10,000) for a job seeker previously unemployed between four and 52 weeks (Regional Queensland only)
- Employer Support Payments ($15,000) for a job seeker previously unemployed for 52 weeks or more
- Youth Boost Payments ($20,000) for a job seeker previously unemployed for a minimum of four weeks and aged between 15-24 years.
Employers not eligible for a Back to Work payment may still be eligible for a Work Start incentive payment for hiring a new trainee or apprentice who had previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project.
For detailed information and eligibility criteria go to https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au