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

    743 North Queenslanders helped Back to Work

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

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    743 North Queenslanders helped Back to Work

    743 North Queenslanders are now back in employment thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs program, Member for Mundingburra and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said. 

    “Already the $100 million Back to Work program has supported 384 North Queensland employers to hire 743 local jobseekers,” Ms O’Rourke said. 

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said local employers have so far received over $3.5 million in support payments, money they can use to help grow their business. 

    “The $20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost is also a great success, with 335 locals aged 15-24 now in jobs,” he said. 

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the Government’s decision to extend the $20,000 Youth Boost to 31 October 2017 was an opportunity for local employers to take advantage of this great initiative. 

    Employment Minister Grace Grace said the Back to Work program has supported 1,893 employers to hire 3,471 workers in regional Queensland. 

    “There are a further 1,494 applications pending approval,” she said. 

    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.

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