Support payments to hire staff (QLD Only)

Support payments to hire staff (QLD Only)

If you are looking for staff, you may be eligible for a support payment of up to $20,000 thanks to the Queensland Governments back to work program.

The program which has been extended until 30th June 2021 or until funding has been fully allocated, is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. Support payments are available to eligible employers who hire a previously unemployed Queenslander who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment directly prior to commencing work with them.

The programs are available throughout regional Queensland and in some areas of South East Queensland (SEQ). Areas include:

  • Wide Bay Burnett
  • North Queensland
  • Far North Queensland
  • Mackay/Whitsunday
  • Central Queensland
  • North West Queensland
  • South West Queensland
  • Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Logan
  • Scenic Rim
  • Somerset

The payments available include:

  • Employer Support Payment
  • Youth Boost Payment
  • Apprentice & Trainee Boost Payment
Employer Support Payment

This payment of up to $15,000 is available for employers who hire an eligible unemployed jobseeker, in regional or South East Queensland. 

Employer Support Payments are available to eligible employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria.

The program is not a wage subsidy. The decision to employ someone is at the discretion of the employer and must be a business decision that is independent of the availability of the Back to Work support payment.

From 15 July 2020, each eligible employer (based on their ABN) may claim a maximum of four Back to Work applications. This cap does not apply to applications for employees commencing before 1 July 2017 and does include applications from this date to (extended until 30 June 2021 or until funding has been fully allocated). This cap applies to Employer Support Payments and Boost Payments and combinations of those payment types. Once a total of four initial payment applications have been approved, no further initial payment applications will be accepted.

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Youth Boost Payment

This payment of up to $20,000 is available for employers who hire an eligible young unemployed jobseeker, aged between 15-24 years.

Employer Support Payments are available to eligible employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria.

From 15 July 2020, each eligible employer (based on their ABN) may claim a maximum of four Back to Work applications. This cap does not apply to applications for employees commencing before 1 July 2017 and does include applications from this date to 14 July 2020 (extended until 30 June 2021 or until funding has been fully allocated). This cap applies to Employer Support Payment and Boost Payments and combinations of those payment types.

Once a total of four initial payment applications have been approved, no further initial payment applications will be accepted.

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Apprentice & Trainee Boost Payment

This payment of up to $20,000 is available for employers who hire an eligible unemployed Queenslander who is undertaking an eligible apprenticeship or traineeship.

Employer Support Payments are available to eligible employers who meet all the program eligibility criteria.

From 15 July 2020, each eligible employer (based on their ABN) may claim a maximum of four Back to Work applications. This cap does not apply to applications for employees commencing before 1 July 2017 and does include applications from this date to (extended until 30 June 2021 or until funding has been fully allocated). This cap applies to Employer Support Payments and Boost Payments and combinations of those payment types.

Once a total of four initial payment applications have been approved, no further initial payment applications will be accepted.

This could be an opportunity for you to take on a Certificate III in Retail Hardware trainee. For more details regarding this qualification, contact us.

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 If you need more information or assistance in finding staff please contact Natalie on 0499 545 100.

Hardware Australia members are edible for discounts on staff recruitment through TABMA Australia.