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

    2,300 Queenslanders now Back to Work thanks to regional jobs package

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

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    2,300 Queenslanders now Back to Work thanks to regional jobs package

    The Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs program is supporting 2,323 jobs for Queenslanders.

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Back to Work program was going from strength to strength, supporting jobs and boosting regional economies.

    “To date, 1,090 regional businesses have employed 2,323 Queenslanders under our Back to Work program,” Ms Grace said.

    “This includes 755 jobseekers aged 15-24 who have been hired under the $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost”.

    “There are a further 807 applications pending across all categories, bringing the total number of jobs supported under this program to 3,130.

    “The total amount so far paid out to regional employers is $10,782,000 – money that’s being put to work in regional economies.

    “The majority of applications are for employees in small to medium sized businesses. 502 applications belong to businesses that have 1-to-4 employees and 816 are in businesses that employ 5-to-19 people.

    “We’ve extended the $20,000 Youth Boost to 31 October 2017, and I want to encourage regional employers to take advantage of this great initiative.”

    Jobs Supported by $100 million Back to Work Regional Jobs Program

    Far North Queensland 545

    North Queensland 497

    Mackay-Whitsunday 335

    Central Queensland 356

    Wide Bay 428

    North West Queensland 69

    South West Queensland 93

    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 31 October 2017)

    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.

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548