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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wide Bay MPs urge employers to access extended $20,000 Youth Boost

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, March 02, 2017

    Wide Bay MPs urge employers to access extended $20,000 Youth Boost

    Wide Bay region employers are being urged to access the Palaszczuk Government’s extended offer of $20,000 for businesses hiring staff aged between 15 and 24 years.

    Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said 335 people have been helped back into work in the Wide Bay region already through the Government’s $100 million two-year Back to Work program.

    Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said more than 80 of those have been helped through the Back to Work Youth Boost. The Youth Boost offers employers up to $20,000 when employing staff aged between 15 and 24 years.

    The Youth Boost was due to end on 28 February, but the Government has decided to extend it until 31 October.

    “As regional MPs, we welcome the decision to extend until 31 October and urge employers to take advantage of it,” Ms Donaldson and Mr Saunders said.

    “Local employers looking to hire to get more information on Back to Work – call 13 74 68.”

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the majority of applications have come from small business with 367 have come from businesses with one to four employees, while another 610 applications were from businesses with staff of five to 19.

    “More than one-in-four of the regional Queenslanders supported into the workforce by Back to Work program are long-term unemployed. For those long-term unemployed, our program offers an employer support payment of $15,000,” she said.

    For more detail about Back to Work

    Link to video statement from Ms Donaldson https://www.dropbox.com/s/ykbubwwt4c05ys4/DONALDSON%20-%20Back2Work.mp4?dl=0

    Link to video statement from Mr Saunders https://www.dropbox.com/s/to6opgzwmrhrsgo/SAUNDERS%20-%20Back2Work.mp4?dl=0

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