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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    $11 million to get more Queenslanders Back to Work

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    $11 million to get more Queenslanders Back to Work

    More than 11,000 Queenslanders have been supported into work thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Back to Work program.

    The demand for Back to Work in South-East Queensland has exceeded all expectations and the program has now been extended, months ahead of schedule.

    Meeting Back to Work apprentices and trainees today at Parliament House, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad announced an additional $11 million on top of the $27.5 million already committed to South East Queensland’s Back to Work program.

    “As the Premier flagged at Ipswich last week, we are expanding the very successful Back to Work program,” Ms Trad said.

    “I’m proud to announce an additional $11 million to support up to 900 more Queenslanders to get a job.

    “Back to Work supports Queensland businesses to take on new staff and I’m hearing countless stories about how employers, employees and indeed communities are thriving because of this program.

    “The jobs figures released today show that we are right on track with programs like this, with Queensland leading the states in jobs growth.”

    Minister for Employment Shannon Fentiman said the Back to Work program was giving employers the confidence to be able to take on more employees.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has been inundated with applications from people wanting to be part of this program and employ more Queenslanders and I’m pleased that we will be expanding this program with an extra $11 million,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Back to Work provides direct support that makes it easier for businesses to expand, providing jobs and the opportunity for businesses to grow.”

    “Not only does it open up doors for Queenslanders struggling to find a job, it also provides training opportunities with more than 20% of the Back to Work program consisting of apprentices and trainees.

    “CPC Electrical have been able to take on three young apprentices, and Timber and Building Materials Association have been able to employ three young trainees because of this fantastic program. This means Connor, Tomas and Boris all have jobs now while also earning a qualification.”

    Brian Cook from Timber and Building Materials Association said that Back to Work is a great way for businesses to take on a new employee while also opening up training opportunities for Queenslanders.

    “Education and training helps to secure their future employment opportunities and employers are finding staff retention is improved when their employees are undertaking a qualification,” Mr Cook said.

    “Having Boris on our team has helped with the workload and it’s great that he is also earning a Certificate III in Timber Merchandising.”


    Demi Sciacca from CPC Electrical said that since starting their employment, Connor and Tomas have been a welcome addition to their business.

    “Back to Work has given CPC Electrical the confidence to grow and take on new apprentices and both Connor and Tomas are an asset to our company.”

    Businesses can visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, to apply for an employer support payment or connect with their local Back to Work team.

    Back to Work Regional Queensland

    Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

    • $10,000 for hiring an unemployed worker (specific to regional Queensland, outside South East Queensland)
    • $15,000 for hiring a long-term unemployed worker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
    • $20,000 Youth Boost for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 years
    • $20,000 Mature-Aged Boost for hiring a jobseeker aged 55+ years

    Back to Work South East Queensland

    Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

    • $15,000 for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed jobseeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
    • $20,000 for a young jobseeker (aged between 15-24 years)
    • To be eligible, employees need to have started work on, or after Saturday 1 July 2017, and have been employed for at least four weeks.
    • $20,000 Mature-Aged Boost for hiring a jobseeker aged 55+ years

    MEDIA CONTACTS: Clare Manton 0432 446 268 (Deputy Premier) | Inga Williams 0410 769 711 (Minister Fentiman)