Back to Work Program - TAFE Queensland Gold Coast

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Back to Work Program

From 1 July 2017, the Queensland Government's Back to Work South East Queensland program provides support for employers who hire a long term unemployed or young unemployed jobseeker in the South East Queensland region. Employer Support and Youth Boost Payments is available for employers who hire an eligible jobseeker between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 (subject to availability of funds). Funding for training is also available to support applicants.

Allocated 'Back to Work Jobseeker Officers' help jobseekers or those at risk of losing their jobs to navigate the training system, to get career advice that helps them find a job that suits them and training that is linked with real jobs in the region.

They:

  • Help jobseekers determine their individual skills as well as services and supports that may be of assistance
  • Provide independent advice on career and training opportunities and
  • Work effectively with new employees through the first year of employment

More information on this program is available at backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/for-jobseekers

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, jobseekers must:

  • Be assessed and supported by a Back to Work Jobseeker Officer;
  • Be an Australian Citizen; or a non-citizen who is a holder of a permanent visa to live, work and study;
  • Permanently reside in Queensland;
  • Be 15 years of age or older;
  • May hold previous qualifications and training.

What training can be funded?

If a person is eligible for funding under the Back to Work program (also known as the Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost), the Queensland Government will subsidise the costs of their accredited training, although a student contribution fee will be required. Jobseeker Officers will discuss costs with jobseekers before registering a person for training.


If relevant training is not subsidised through this program, Jobseeker Officers will work with jobseekers to identify other possible training options.

How do I apply?

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers are based in local communities to help jobseekers, or those at risk of losing their job to navigate the training system and get career advice that helps them find a job that suits them and training that is linked with real jobs in the region. Find contact details for your Back to Work Jobseeker Officer here to start your application.

Further information

To contact your local Jobseeker Officer or for further information about the Back to Work Program:

Visit: backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au/contact-us

Call: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Email: backtowork@treasury.qld.gov.au