Before hiring, it is worth considering the various State and Federal Government incentives currently available.

Back to Work

The Queensland Government provides up to $20,000 to employers who employ eligible full-time employees in regional Queensland and areas of south east Queensland.

Youth Boost Payments of up to $20,000 are also available for employers who hire 15 to 24-year olds who have been unemployed for four weeks or longer.

Meanwhile, Employer Support Payments of up to $15,000 are available for employers who hire job seekers who have been unemployed for 52 weeks or longer in south east Queensland locations, or between four and 52 weeks in regional Queensland.

For further information on the Back to Work program, visit: backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au

Work Start Incentives

For employers not eligible for Back to Work payments, Work Start incentives are available, providing one-off payments of $10,000 for hiring a new trainee or apprentice who previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

An incentive of $20,000 applies if the eligible person employed is between 15 to 24 years of age.

For further information on Work Start Incentives, visit: www.training.qld.gov.au/workstart

Australian Government funding for job seekers

There is also Federal Government funding for job seekers and employers who take on apprentices. Full time apprentices in horticulture and agriculture can receive up to $6250 and there are further incentives for Adult Australian Apprentices of $4000. School-based apprentices attract a further $1500 and assistance for Australian Apprentices with a Disability attract $104.30 per week.

Further incentives are available for employers of apprentices listed under the National Skills Needs List. For further information, visit: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employer-incentives

If you require assistance to connect with eligible job seekers, please contact your local Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) Officer.

To see a list of QAWN officers across Queensland, visit: www.growcom.com.au/workplace-relations/employment-programs-and-subsidies

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network is an industry-led rural jobs initiative funded by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).