Message from the Deputy CEO – 16 October 2018

Lindsay Carrol talks young workers

I spotted a sign once that read, “Hire a teenager now, while they still know everything.” When you consider those aged 15 – 24 are the most likely of all groups to face unemployment, and that we’re the most likely of all industries to give them a job, you know how much time and resources […]

Message from the CEO: 11 April 2017

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

What a heartbreaking fortnight it has been for so many of you on the east coast of Australia. We have seen family homes, local schools, roads and local businesses decimated in many communities throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. We want to iterate that we are here to assist those of you who’ve been […]

$20,000 Youth Boost for extended until October

Youth Boost incentives

The Palaszczuk Government has extended its offer of $20,000 for employers hiring staff aged between 15 and 24 years in regional Queensland for another eight months. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $20,000 Youth Boost employer support payment was provided under the Government’s $100 million Back to Work has helped more than 1800 people back into […]

New funding for hiring young people


jobactive PaTH starts April 1st Retail is an important industry for young people seeking an entry-level job. Retail is the industry most likely to employ a young person and teach them transferable employability skills.  jobactive PaTH is a new national program being introduced by the Australian Government which is designed to prepare young people and […]

Government encourages young entrepreneurs

retail flowers

The Department of Employment’s ‘Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative‘ is designed to support Australians, particularly young people, who want to start their own business. Four key measures make up the Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Initiative, which is part of the broader Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016-2017 Budget. The four key measures include: Entrepreneurship […]

Employer incentives of $20,000 available now in regional QLD

Youth Boost incentives

Don’t miss out! Remember that Queensland employers have an additional incentive to hire local young people this festive season. As announced in early November, the Queensland Government is offering a offering a $20,000 kick-back for regional businesses who hire unemployed youths as part of their Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ Program. The offer applies to […]

Message from the CEO: 16 May 2016

More than a quarter of employed young people aged 15 – 24 work in retail, so the announcement of the youth jobs PaTH program in the budget should provide some encouragement for employees to actively engage young people into work. However, there has been some controversy surrounding the program, and it is disappointing to see […]