Extension to $20,000 Youth Boost grant for regional businesses

Thursday 23 February, 2017 | By: Darrell Giles | Tags: government incentive, regional employers, youth boost

The State Government’s Youth Boost payment of $20,000 for regional employers who hire an unemployed young person aged 15-24 will now be made available until 31 October 2017.

The $100 million Back to Work program has so far supported 875 businesses, mostly small businesses employing less than 20 people, to employ 1805 workers in regional Queensland.

All employers who hire an eligible employee in a regional Queensland job are eligible except for government entities. All regional areas will be considered as long as they fall outside of: Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Toowoomba.

For an employer to be eligible, an employee must be employed for a period of 4 weeks before an application can be made. Applications for the first payment must be received within 12 weeks of the commencement date of the employee.

 Payments will be made as per following: 

  • first payment of $6,000 after 4 weeks of continuous employment;
  • second payment of $7,000 after 26 weeks of continuous employment; and
  • final payment of $7,000 on completion of 52 weeks continuous employment.

Eligible part-time jobs between 20 and 35 hours per week on average (or 8 to 35 hours per week on average for a young person with a disability with an approved work assessment) attract 75 per cent of the full Youth Boost payment (i.e. $15,000 over 12 months in three payments).

How do I apply?

For the full eligibility criteria and further information, please visit https://backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/. Calls can be made to 13 74 68 or via email backtowork@treasury.qld.gov.au.




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