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Boost to get Central Queenslanders into the workforce

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Applications are open for the State Governments $140 million Back to Work employment program, which incentivises eligible business' to employ local job seekers.

Since 2016, the program has helped 1089 people get jobs in Gladstone and more than 1500 across the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shire regions.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer says the refreshed program will provide greater access to on-the-ground support for employers and disadvantaged job seekers.

“We fund these job creating initiatives not only because they provide vital career opportunities to Queenslanders, but because they help small businesses too: over 80% of employers benefiting from Back to Work are small businesses," Minister Farmer says.

Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke says the program has made helped 888 people and 417 businesses in the Rockhampton electorate alone since 2016.

“Back to Work will give businesses the confidence to take a chance on the new staff they need to grow, and I am so pleased the Palaszczuk Government is making this $140 million investment,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“The focus will be on those job seekers who experience significant disadvantage in the labour market, who often require more intensive support to find a job.

"There’ll be Back to Work Support payments of up to $15,000 to eligible businesses who employ an eligible job seeker including the long term unemployed, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person or someone with disability, and there’ll be a $20,000 Youth Boost payment for eligible businesses to employ an eligible Queenslander aged between 15- 25.”

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher says more than $10.6 million had been invested in the Gladstone region since 2016.

“This is a huge investment that’s helped 1,089 people get jobs in 455 businesses right here in Gladstone,” Mr Butcher said.

For more information about the program visit qld.gov.au/backtowork