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Employees in regional Queensland

David Sofrà and Hayley Lock look at the Queensland Government’s Back to Work regional jobs scheme.


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Time is ticking to make your first claims for Employer Support Payments under the Queensland Government’s Back to Work regional jobs scheme introduced from 1 July 2016.

Under the scheme, you may be eligible for the following:

  • Up to $10,000 for hiring workers who have been unemployed for at least 4 weeks.
  • Up to $15,000 for hiring workers who have been unemployed for at least 52 weeks.

Forty percent of the rebate is available after 4 weeks of employment and the remaining sixty percent is available after 12 months of continuous employment.

Importantly, the employer must apply for the rebate within 3 months of the employee’s commencement date and within 3 months of the end of 12 month qualifying period. As such, careful monitoring is required to ensure your organisation doesn’t miss out.

The key criteria are:

  • The employee resides in Queensland.
  • The employee was unemployed for at least 4 weeks directly prior to commencing work with you.
  • The job is mainly located in regional Queensland i.e. outside Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Toowoomba local government areas.
  • The job must be at least 20 hours per week on average on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • The job must not exceed the full-time salary or equivalent of $120,000 per annum.

Many organisations we have spoken with will face challenges adding this to the already overwhelming workloads of their payroll and human resources functions. However, that shouldn’t be a reason to forgo claims under the scheme as we are supporting a number of our clients to ensure they don’t miss out.

With minimal input required from the business, KPMG can use basic human resources data to manage the claim process including the identification of eligible employees, submission of claims via QGrants and maintenance of documentation and records.

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