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    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Ad campaign to drive $20,000 Youth Boost

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ad campaign to drive $20,000 Youth Boost

    Regional Queensland businesses are being reminded that they have until February 28 – less than two weeks – to apply for the $20,000 “Youth Boost”.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt today launched a new advertising campaign promoting the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work Package, which has proven popular in enabling employers to expand their operations and hire local jobseekers. 

    “Regional Queensland businesses need to act now to consider expanding their workforce by taking on a new, young unemployed local person – because we’ll give you $20,000 for every youth you hire aged between 15-24,” Mr Pitt said.

    “As a final reminder we have launched a new Youth Boost advertising campaign that will be promoted through a multi-channel publicity program.

    “Our new ad campaign comprises television, radio, press and digital platforms to ensure businesses in every region are well aware of this incredible opportunity.

    “Since day one of taking office the Palaszczuk Government has prioritised job creation and getting Queenslanders back to work.

    “At last count a total of 1,609 regional Queenslanders had found work through the Back to Work and Youth Boost programs, thanks to the support of hundreds of regional employers.”

    As at 15 February 2017, 231 of those 1,609 people hired were employed through the Youth Boost, with more than $1 million in funding already paid to regional employers.

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Youth Boost payments were building on the success of Back to Work and aims to further stimulate employment opportunities for young people in regional Queensland.

    “Employees have been hired right across regional Queensland with 225 in Central Queensland, 375 in Far North Queensland, 234 in Mackay-Whitsunday, 356 in North Queensland, 52 in North West Queensland, 67 in South West Queensland and 300 in Wide Bay,” Mrs Grace said.

    “Of those people who have found a job through the employer support payments, 549, or close to 40 per cent, were long-term unemployed people who had been seeking employment for a year or more.

    “The $100 million, two-year Back to Work program was announced by the Treasurer in last year’s State Budget is available only to regional employers and offers a $10,000 payment to hire an unemployed jobseeker or $15,000 to engage someone who has been long-term unemployed.”

    Mr Pitt said while the $100 million Back to Work program was focused on regional Queensland, a separate incentive for Queensland businesses to employ apprentices and trainees through a payroll tax rebate is available across the state.

    “For this financial year, any employer in Queensland with apprentices or trainees on staff will now be able to claim a 50 per cent rebate,” Mr Pitt said.

    “The doubling of the rebate for hiring apprentices and trainees makes Queensland’s payroll tax system even more attractive.”

    Businesses can visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment, including the $20,000 Youth Boost payment.

     

    Treasurer’s Contact: 0419 945 546

    Minister Grace’s Contact: 0427 919 548