Hire a local job seeker. Get up to $20,000

Gold Coast businesses who hire a job seeker could get up to $20,000 in support payments from the State Government as part of a Back to Work jobs program.

The Back to Work SEQ program kicked off on July 1, backed by $27.5 million in new funding.

Queensland’s Employment Minister Grace Grace said: “This will support up to 1,500 new jobs and it’s available to employers in the south east who take on a long-term unemployed or a young unemployed jobseeker aged 15-24 years.


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“Employees must have been working for four weeks (from 1 July 2017) to enable employers to apply for support payments.

“So if you’re a Gold Coast employer who is thinking of hiring, why not get paid up to $20,000 to do it?”

Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

  • $15,000 for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed jobseeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
  • $20,000 for a young jobseeker (aged between 15-24 years

To be eligible, employees need to have started work on, or after Saturday 1 July 2017, and have been employed for at least four weeks. Eligibility criteria applies

Find out more through the State Government’s Back To Work website, or by calling 13 QGOV.