Qld budget 2016: Pitt’s plan to create 8000 jobs

treasurer curtis pittA two year plan to generate 8000 new jobs will focus on getting regional Queenslanders, suffering from the mining downturn and prolonged drought conditions, back to work.

The Queensland Government today announced an ambitious $100 million plan to boost our regions, targeting the long-term unemployed as well as young, mature and indigenous unemployed.

The program includes cash incentives up to $15,000 to businesses who hire long-term unemployed and a $10 million program to increase certificate 3 level qualification in regional areas.

But communities in the south east will not able to access the fund.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt announced the measures in parliament on Tuesday as part of his second state budget.

  • $10,000 to employers who hire an unemployed person in regional Queensland for at least a year.
  • $15,000 to employers who hire a long term unemployed person for at least a year.
  • 8000 new jobs expected across regional Queensland.
  • Not applicable to south east corner – including Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich.

Mr Pitt told parliament the program included $80 million in support payments for employers to hire regional jobseekers.

“This will directly fund getting around 8000 regional Queenslanders back to work,” Mr Pitt said in his budget speech.

“This year, the Back to Work package will give regional employers the confidence to take on new staff,” he said.

“It includes Back to Work employer support payments of up to $10,000 for employers who hire – and keep someone employed – for 12 months or more in Queensland’s regions.

“And this payment increases to up to $15,000 if an employer hires a long-term unemployed person.”

Employment Minister Grace Grace said unemployment rates remained too high in regional Queensland.

“That’s why this package is specifically targeted at the regions,” she said.

“Our regional jobs package has been designed with input from business, employer and industry groups along with local government representatives.”

Mr Pitt also announced the government would “repatriate” $4 billion from the QSuper defined benefits scheme that was $10 billion in surplus. To read more click here.

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