Major regional Qld subsidy makes good business sense for Bricklayers

Queensland Apprentice Incentives
All regional Qld bricklayers considering putting on an apprentice bricklayer should consider, if they haven’t yet, this significant $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” incentive, running between December and the end of February 2017.   Including ABBTF’s and the Federal Government’s incentives for employing an apprentice, the total support package available to help cover the costs over the duration of the apprenticeship is now $27,000, if applied for by February 28.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the additional incentive was part of the state government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs package which should act as a powerful boost to jobs at this time of year when career choices are being made.

The ‘Youth Boost’ subsidy is exclusive to regional Queensland and gives regional employers support payments of $20,000 per worker for hiring a jobseeker aged 15-24.

The Key components of the offer are:

  1. Provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
  2. $10,000 for an unemployed worker
  3. $15,000 for a long term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more)
  4. $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2017).

Employment Minister Grace Grace said the existing Back to Work support payments remained in place and would continue to be available all year round.  “More than 1,000 regional Queensland employers had received or applied for Back to Work support payments since the original program kicked off in late July,” Ms Grace said.

The Minister said that the number of applications is growing every day and its expected this two-year program, which is backed by $100 million, will support up to 8000 jobs.  If you’re a regional employer thinking of hiring an apprentice, get in touch with the Back to Work teams by visiting and call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work.  You can also apply for an employer support payment there.

Year 12 Fee-Free Training

In addition when employing Apprentices, eligible Year 12 students are exempt from paying student contribution fees under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. The Year 12 fee-free arrangements were introduced January 2014. Check out the details.

This is a great opportunity to build your business and increase the number of qualified team members on the job.  If you wish to discuss the Business Benefits of employing an apprentice, ABBTF Resources, finding a Top Apprentice,  Mentoring support available at ABBTF Qld or any other issue except the specifics of the offer (which are available at , please review our website and call our Office.

Tony Bishop
Qld ABBTF Manager

2 Responses to “Major regional Qld subsidy makes good business sense for Bricklayers”

  1. Anthony

    Dear Tony Bishop (Qld ABBTF Manager),

    It is a great pleasure of mine to hear that ABBTF is kindly helping citizens with employing opportunities and apprentices. Secondly, I would like to thank you to Australians for their humanitarian aids for my family. I just completed certificate. IV in written and spoken English for Employment at Queensland TAFE. I also have booked centifcate.I Pre-appreticeship in construction at Tafe Skilltech Acacia Ridge from 8th of April to 23rd of June 2017 because I love craft works. In Another country, Burma I worked as a brick and block layer under the supervision of my father for two years. I therefore am looking for employers who might provide the apprenticeship or work trial. I now 34 years old and the father of four children, own Queensland driving licence as well as will have white cards for construction after Pre-appreticeship. I personally got the feeling that ABBTF would be the right organization to join for dream career in brick and block-laying job position. I am preparing a Resume for this career if you need one in case someone opportunities come up with surprise let me know through SMS/ call on 0481383657 or

    Thanks for your time, Tony. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. God bless Australia and every blessings to you.

    Yours Sincerely,


    • BAB

      Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for your enquiry. This has now been passed onto Tony Bishop who will be in contact with you.


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