The highly successful Back To Work program from the Palaszczuk Government will be extended to job seekers in the Deception Bay and North Lakes area as part of the 2018-2019 Queensland Budget
Chris Whiting MP said he was relying on the Skilling Queenslanders For Work and the $20.5 million Back To Work programs to open up new training and job opportunities in the community
“I have worked hard to deliver effective programs into our community to help local job seekers,” said Chris Whiting.
“I am putting a real focus on providing the social infrastructure we need in our area, such as education, jobs, skills and training programs.
“The Back To Work Program can help put hundreds of locals in Deception Bay and North Lakes into a job.
“Under Back To Work payments of up to $15,000 are available to eligible employers who hire a long term unemployed job seeker.
“Youth Boost Payments of up to $20,000 will be available for eligible employers who hire an eligible unemployed young jobseeker.
“That is someone aged between 15 and 24 and unemployed for four weeks or longer.
“What a great incentive to put on a young person, especially if you add it to the 50% payroll tax rebate for apprentices and trainees.
“Employers not eligible for a Back To Work payment can get a Work Start payment for hiring an apprentice or trainee from a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
“Back To Work was originally launched to help drive down unemployment in regional areas and it was hugely successful.
“It has helped more than 6,000 businesses employ more than 13,000 Queenslanders, including more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees.
“I lobbied with other local MPs Mark Ryan, Yvette D’Ath, Steven Miles and Shane King to get it extended to outer urban area as we need to reduce our unemployment rate.
“So from July 1 the Back to Work SEQ program will be available to job seekers in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area,” said Chris Whiting.
For more information go to qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV.