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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    $100 million jobs program getting Maryborough jobseekers Back to Work

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    $100 million jobs program getting Maryborough jobseekers Back to Work

    Wide Bay-Burnett jobseekers are amongst the biggest winners from the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs program.

    Visiting Maryborough, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with workers at a local sawmill who are back at work thanks to the dedicated regional jobs program.

    “There are now 131 jobseekers who have been hired in the Wide Bay-Burnett under the Back to Work program since it commenced in July,” she said.

    “More than half of these are long-term unemployed who had been out of work for more than 12 months.

    “That’s a great result for employers and the local economy, but most importantly it’s a great result for these jobseekers who are now back at work.

    “Jobs are my government’s number one priority and all of our efforts are focused on creating and supporting more jobs for Queenslanders.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said from next month there was even more reason for regional employers to hire a young jobseeker, with the start of the $20,000 ‘Youth Boost’.

    “Eligible employers who hire a jobseeker aged 15-24 can get a Back to Work support payment of $20,000 for each new worker hired,” she said.

    “The new Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ has been strategically timed to coincide with the end of the senior school year.

    “It’s a great addition to this fantastic program which is already supporting 731 jobs in regional Queensland, with a further 277 applications in the system.”

    Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said more and more local employers were hiring jobseekers thanks to the Back to Work program.

    “Back to Work offers employers significant support payments which are simple and easy to access,” he said.

    “There’s a dedicated Back to Work team on the ground in the Wide-Bay and our officers can help to link local employers with jobseekers.

    “I want to encourage employers who are considering hiring a jobseeker to get in touch with our hardworking Back to Work officers.”

    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 28 February 2017)

    To be eligible for an employer support payment, employees need to have started work on, or after, Friday 1 July 2016, and have been employed for at least four weeks.

    Eligibility criteria apply and payments will be paid to businesses in two parts.

    The first payment is made after one month, and the balance at the end of the employee’s first year with the business.

    For more information about Back to Work, visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).