MORE than 7,500 people are now back at work in Queensland thanks to the state government’s $177.5 million Back to Work jobs program.
Employment Minister Grace Grace said Back to Work was directly supporting 6,941 jobs, with a further 623 applications pending.
Support payments of $15,000 are available for employers in the state’s southeast who hire a job seeker who has been out of work for 12 months or more.
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A further $20000 in support payments is available for employers who hire a young jobseeker aged between 15-24.
To be eligible for the payments, employees will need to have started work on or after Saturday 1 July 2017 and have been employed for at least four weeks.
“Back to Work is supporting more than 7,500 jobs and these numbers are growing by the day,” Ms Grace said.
“We’re well on track to hit our original target of 8,000 jobs, as more and more employers get on board with this fantastic program.
“It’s great to see employers in the Southeast joining their regional counterparts and hiring jobseekers to put themselves in line for support payments of up to $20,000.”
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.