Work Ready Queensland: Extending the Back to Work Program
We are committed to providing opportunities for Queenslanders to get into the workforce, build a career and provide for themselves and their families.
A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will help regional Queensland employers recruit more jobseekers through our Back to Work program.
Our government will invest an additional $155 million to extend our Back to Work program until July 2021, because it works – over 8,000 Queenslanders now have a job because of this program.
Employers in regional Queensland will receive up to $20,000 from our government for every eligible jobseeker they recruit.
The $20,000 Youth Boost for jobseekers, introduced last year, was due to expire today. We have extended it to July 2021, because it has helped more than 4,600 regional Queenslanders aged under 25 into the workforce.
Through our focus on job growth in the Queensland economy, we have created 122,500 jobs – more than four times the number of jobs created under the Newman-Nicholls Government. The state’s unemployment rate has also fallen to 5.9 per cent – the lowest since November 2013.
Our commitment to jobs is delivering results and getting Queenslanders work ready for the future.