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If you employ a jobseeker in a role located outside South East Queensland, you may be eligible for Employer Support Payments. If your business is located in an eligible region you can access a Back to Work Employer Officer who will work with you to access information and support and create new job opportunities.

The Queensland Government’s Back to Work Regional Employment Package is supporting employers in eligible regions to have the confidence to take on new employees in regional Queensland.

Eligible employers can attract a payment of up to $15,000 when they employ an unemployed job seeker in a job role located outside of South East Queensland.

Back to Work Employer Officers will help employers navigate the employment system – particularly if you are looking to recruit disadvantaged jobseekers. Back to Work Employer Officers will work with employers to:

• identify job opportunities and help to articulate the skills/attributes required

• access the available supports to help fill vacancies, including working with schools, jobactive or Skilling Queenslanders for Work to identify suitable candidates

• provide advice about available subsidies and supports and how to access them

• provide advice about the training opportunities and pathways available to increase skills and to assist workers to adapt to a changing employment landscape; and

• support the employer through the employment placement to foster retention, particularly of priority cohort jobseekers.

Additionally, Employer Support Payments are designed to give businesses confidence to take on new employees in regional Queensland. Payments will be made directly to the employer of an eligible employee, and will be paid in two parts:

• first payment of 40% after 4 weeks of employment and completion of the application form

• final payment of 60% after 12 months continuous employment with the same employer.

All employers who hire an eligible employee in a regional Queensland job are eligible except for government entities including local, state and federal government, government owned corporations and statutory bodies. To be eligible you must apply for the Employer Support Payment within 3 months of your employee’s commencement date and within 3 months of the end of 12 months continuous employment.

For further information about the Back to Work Regional Employment Package, visit https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au.

MRAEL can assist your business to employ an apprentice or trainee. For more information, phone 1300 ACE 4 MRAEL (1300 223 467) or contact us.