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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace
    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Wide Bay-Burnett employers urged to help jobseekers get Back to Work

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Wednesday, July 06, 2016

    Wide Bay-Burnett employers urged to help jobseekers get Back to Work

    Wide Bay-Burnett employers are receiving a helping hand to create jobs in regional Queensland through the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million Back to Work program.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Employment Minister Grace Grace, Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson and local employment services provider Sarina Russo today met with Australia’s largest chilli company Austchilli to discuss the Back to Work regional jobs program.

    Back to Work encourages businesses to hire an unemployed person and put themselves in line for State Governments payments of up to $15,000 per worker.

    “The number one focus of my government is on delivering more jobs, particularly in regional Queensland,” the Premier said.

    “That’s why our latest State Budget includes $100 million for a Back to Work regional jobs package that specifically targets jobseekers and employers outside the southeast corner.

    “It aims to support up to 8,000 jobs in regional Queensland and includes payments of $10,000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, rising to $15,000 for the long-term unemployed.

    “Employers across regional Queensland have welcomed our regional jobs package and there’s also strong traffic our Back to Work website, which has attracted 7,150 page views and more than 200 requests for further information.

    “Two dedicated Back to Work officers are already on the ground in the Wide Bay-Burnett, helping to connect local employers with jobseekers, with others to be progressively rolled out in other parts of regional Queensland.

    “I want to encourage regional employers to take advantage of this scheme and the significant payments available for taking on an unemployed person.”

    Minister Grace said the Back to Work program was better funded and better targeted than the LNP’s alternative.

    “The LNP’s jobs plan is little more than a cruel hoax,” she said.

    “20,000 vouchers is not 20,000 jobs.

    “Apprentices need tools at the start of their apprenticeship and while they’re working – not at the end of an apprenticeship.

    “Employers can access our Back to Work payments within four weeks, as opposed to four years under the LNP proposal.

    “The LNP proposal is also confined to businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million, whereas our program applies to all regional employers.

    “Our scheme also has a dedicated regional focus, whereas the LNP have thrown theirs open to businesses in Brisbane and the southeast.”

    Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said:

    “I am looking forward to this great initiative being taken up by some of our local businesses.

    “It’s great to see the Palaszczuk Government actually providing these programs in Bundaberg and regional QLD.

    “This government is about delivering for regional QLD and not taking our regional communities for granted."

    Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548