Employment Minister Grace Grace applauds Warwick businessman's challenge.
Employment Minister Grace Grace applauds Warwick businessman's challenge. Alistair Brightman

100 jobs by Christmas challenge earns government praise

THE challenge from Warwick businessman Darryl Evans to find 100 jobs in Warwick by Christmas for unemployed youth has caught the eye and earned the praise of State Government Employment Minister Grace Grace.

In a media statement from the ministers office at 1.30pm today, Ms Grace said  she was urging Queensland's regional business leaders to take up the "100 Jobs By Christmas" challenge laid down by Warwick businessman Darryl Evans.

Ms Grace said Darryl was one of the first employers in regional Queensland to hire a young jobseeker under the Palaszczuk Government's $20,000 Back to Work "Youth Boost", and she's encouraging other employers to follow suit.

"Darryl has proven himself to be a great local champion, and a passionate advocate for young jobseekers," she said.

"It would be great to see other local champions like Darryl coming forward in the regions and using the 'Youth Boost' to help create 100 jobs in 100 days over the life of the boost.

"From Warwick to Weipa, if 100 employers hire a young jobseeker that will deliver a $2 million to boost the local economy.

"Our $20,000 'Youth Boost' provides a great opportunity for regional communities to step up to the plate and create for more jobs for young Queenslanders."

Ms Grace said thanks to the $20,000 Back to Work 'Youth Boost', there had never been a better time to hire a young jobseeker in regional Queensland.

"The Back to Work 'Youth Boost' is a powerful regional jobs incentive for the festive season," she said.  

"It's been strategically timed to coincide with the end of the senior school year, when many school leavers are looking for work.

"If you're a regional employer thinking of hiring, get in touch with our Back to Work teams to put yourself in line for a $20,000 support payment."

Back to Work

  • Provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
  • $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2017)
  • $15,000 for a long term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more)
  • $10,000 for an unemployed worker

Businesses can visit www.qld.gov.au/backtowork or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work, or to apply for an employer support payment.

Darryl Evans quotes (Warwick Daily News, Thursday 8 December):

"The government has done its part putting up $20,000 per employee

"I expect the business community to take advantage of the employment grant and give a young person an opportunity.

"One hundred jobs times $20,000 grants is $2 million injected into our community."



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