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For employers

Are you a Queensland employer needing qualified and skilled staff for your workforce?

Incentives​ are available for employers who recruit Queensland job seekers as part of the Queensland Government's Back to Work and Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives.

Employers also have the opportunity to support and participate in local Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects designed to equip job seekers with the skills, qualifications and experience needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

The Back to Work - Regional Employment Package​ (Back to Work) is a two-year $100 million package giving businesses the confidence to employ job seekers in Queensland regions, while providing an economic boost to regions facing challenging times.

Payments start from $10,000 for an eligible full-time employee, with a Youth Boost payment also available for job seekers hired between 1 December 2016 and 31 October 2017.


For private sector employers not eligible​​ for a Back to Work payment, Work Start incentives offers a one-off $10,000 payment to eligible employers for hiring a new trainee or apprentice who had previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, after a qualifying period.

Projects are funded under the following five programs:

For more information on Work Start incentives, download the Work Start Guidelines for Funding 2017-18 (PDF, 719KB).


First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations to employ additional trainees. The program offers opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship.

For more information on First Start download the First Start Guidelines for Funding 2017-18 (PDF, 798KB).​

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Last updated
10 October 2017