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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    More than 1500 Queenslanders assisted Back to Work: Palaszczuk

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    More than 1500 Queenslanders assisted Back to Work: Palaszczuk

    The Palaszczuk Government’s assistance program for regional Queensland employers to take-on new staff has put more than 1500 staff Back to Work.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $100 million Back to Work program has already assisted 1557 Queenslanders into jobs in the State’s regions, with another 300 applications pending assessment.

    “I thank employers for embracing the program and putting Queenslanders Back to Work,” the Premier said.

    “Significantly, 541 of the Queenslanders assisted through Back to Work were long-term unemployed. They had been out of the workforce for at least 12 months. Now they have work.”

    “Importantly with the Youth Boost of up to $20,000 for every 15 to 24-year-old hired, we are seeing more and more applications from regional employers taking on young Queenslanders.”

    The jobs supported through the Back to Work program are spread across the Queensland’s regions with:

    • 362 jobs supported in far north Queensland, including Cairns
    • 344 in north Queensland, including Townsville
    • 287 in Wide Bay, including Bundaberg and Maryborough
    • 228 in Mackay and Whitsunday region
    • 221 in central Queensland, including Rockhampton
    • 64 in south-west Queensland, including Roma
    • 51 in north-west Queensland, including Mount Isa.

    Under the Back to Work program, Employer Support Payments for eligible employers hiring eligible employees are:

    • $10,000 for an unemployed worker
    • $15,000 for long term unemployed (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)

    For more information visit or call 13 74 68.

    Ms Palaszczuk said only her Government had a plan for creating job opportunities through its programs to partner with employers and local councils across regional Queensland.

    “We can work with business, councils, employee representatives to promote additional jobs across the State,” she said.

    The Premier said the Back to Work program was part of a $1 billion plan for job-generating programs in regional Queensland. The other programs include:

    • $375 million Building Our Regions is a targeted regional infrastructure program for local government projects, primarily for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state. The $70 million third round of the program was opened for applications on 30 January;
    • $200 million Works for Queensland program to support local councils across the state undertaking job-creating, maintenance or minor infrastructure projects. Sixty-five regional councils notified of funding allocation on the basis of population and local unemployment. and invited to nominate projects this month;
    • $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program, part of the State Infrastructure Fund, is fast-tracking key economic and social infrastructure projects in regional centres right across Queensland including transport, health and education infrastructure;
    • $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund The Jobs and Regional Growth Fund would provide assistance for projects that require direct and immediate assistance to help early stage development, such as feasibility studies;more substantial assistance for more developed businesses to expedite or facilitate project implementation; ordevelopment of common-user infrastructure opportunities to underpin development of multiple projects;
    • $40 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Program to attract businesses to Queensland, either to relocate or establish new projects in the State; and
    • $20 million Made in Queensland to providing support to Queensland’s manufacturing sector through grants supplementing industry contributions.

     Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791