Sunshine Coast employers embrace Back to Work to hire local jobseekers

Employment Minister Grace Grace today visited two Sunshine Coast businesses which have hired jobseekers through the Palaszczuk Government’s Back to Work jobs program.

Ms Grace said it was fantastic to visit local businesses Sweet Charlotte Studios at Caloundra and Limelight Pet Salon at Buddina, which have successfully used the program to get jobseekers back into employment.

“Sunshine Coast employers are getting right behind our Back to Work program to hire local jobseekers,” she said.

“This highly successful program has already supported almost 7,500 Queenslanders into jobs and these numbers are growing by the day.

“And now that the program has been expanded to include the south east corner, Sunshine Coast employers are taking advantage of the incentives on offer to get more Queenslanders back to work.

“Businesses often need that extra bit of confidence to take someone on board and this program is delivering that confidence in spades.

“I say to employers out there, if you’re thinking of hiring, get in touch with our local Back to Work team to put yourself in line for support payments of up to $20,000.”

Back to Work South East Queensland *

From July 1, 2017

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. 

Businesses can visit or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.

Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548


Source: The State of Queensland (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)