Since July 2016, the Back to Work program has been supporting Queensland employers in their choice to hire unemployed jobseekers.
There are 9 Back to Work teams of Employer Officers and Jobseeker Officers based around Queensland working directly with employers and jobseekers to support them in their employment journey.
The teams have represented the Back to Work program at many events from job fairs to network meetings but the bulk of their work is in the individual relationships they build with the thousands of employers and jobseekers who have engaged with the Back to Work program.
Back to Work Regional
The Back to Work Regional program commenced on 1 July 2016 and was initially a 2 year program, available to eligible employers until 30 June 2018.
During the 2017–18 financial year the Queensland Government announced a $155 million continuation of the Back to Work Regional program for a further 2 years until 30 June 2020.
This takes the total funding commitment for the Back to Work Regional program to $305 million including the program extension until 2020.
Back to Work South East Queensland
The Back to Work South East Queensland program commenced as a 12 month program on 1 July 2017 with applications open until 30 June 2018.
Total funding for the 2017–18 Back to Work South East Queensland program was $38.5 million.
The continuation of the Back to Work South East Queensland program was announced as part of the Queensland Government's 2018–19 State Budget with an additional $20.5 million available from 1 July 2018, in areas continuing to experience significant labour market challenges.
An additional $20.5 million was made available from 1 July 2018, in areas of South East Queensland continuing to experience significant labour market challenges.
This takes the total funding commitment for the Back to Work South East Queensland program to $59 million including the funding to continue the program until 2020 in eligible South East Queensland Local Government Areas.
Key achievements in 2017–18
As at 30 June 2018, a total of $117.4 million had been paid to Queensland employers supporting:
- 7,093 employers
- 14,318 employees.
- 9,340 young people aged between 15 and 24 years
- 1,479 mature aged worked aged 45 years and over
- 3,393 apprentices and trainees.