ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk is targeting youth unemployment with plans to extend a $155 million program if re-elected.
ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk is targeting youth unemployment with plans to extend a $155 million program if re-elected.

Palaszczuk offers cash to hire the unemployed

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk is targeting youth unemployment with plans to extend a $155 million program if re-elected.

Speaking at the Townsville Trades Training Centre on Tuesday, Ms Palaszczuk said she would extend the government's Back to Work program and Youth Boost until 2021.

The program gives businesses $10,000 for hiring an unemployed worker, $15,000 for hiring a long-term unemployed worker, or $20,000 for hiring a job seeker aged between 15 and 24.

The payments are made in instalments to encourage the business to keep the worker on.

The policy comes after the LNP unveiled a plan to create 50,000 every year until 2027 - but would not say where the work would be located. 

Ms Palaszczuk said Labor's program would help 10,500 young people and job seekers across regional Queensland get a job and on-the-ground training.

"The Palaszczuk government program has been partnered with local employers, and it's working. People are getting back into the workforce or getting their first start in a job," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said experience working and on-the-job training was an important part of staying in work.

She claimed the program had thus far employed 7937 people across regional Queensland.

The extension will not impact the south-east Queensland version of Back to Work announced in the 2017 budget. That version covers Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday, the LNP announced it intended to create 500,000 jobs across Queensland over the next 10 years.

But LNP leader Tim Nicholls refused to be drawn on where the jobs would be created and how regional communities would benefit. 

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