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Open Now: Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program - Employers

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Closing: Round 2 Close - 8 October 2020

Incentives are available for employers who recruit Queensland job seekers as part of the Queensland Government's Back to Work and Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiatives.

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. Support payments are available to eligible employers who hire a previously unemployed Queenslander who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment directly prior to commencing work with them.

Payments of up to $20,000 are available for an eligible full-time employee hired in either regional Queensland or areas of South East Queensland experiencing significant labour market challenges.

Back to Work Employer Support Payments are offered in the following locations:


South East Queensland

  • Wide Bay Burnett
  • North Queensland
  • Far North Queensland
  • Mackay/Whitsunday
  • Central Queensland
  • North West Queensland
  • South West Queensland
  • Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Logan
  • Moreton Bay
  • Scenic Rim
  • Somerset



Further information, including application guidelines and eligibility requirements  are available from:


Applications can be made online through Q-Grants

Open Now: Employment Assistant Fund- Funding for Workers with a Disability

The Employment Assistant Fund (EAF) provides financial assistance to eligible people with disability, mental health conditions and their employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. The EAF is available to eligible people with disability that are about to start a job, self-employed, or those who are currently working. It is also available to people with disability who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

The EAF could help to buy work related modifications and services like:

  • the cost of making adjustments to your physical workplace
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • special equipment for the workplace*
  • information and communication devices*
  • Auslan interpreting services
  • specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training for the workplace (including deafness awareness)
  • mental health awareness and first aid training.

The EAF also provides free workplace assessments to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. You usually need to have an assessment when applying for EAF if the assistance being purchased is over $1,000. 

Eligibility and Applications

Please read the  EAF Guidelines for further information about the application process, eligibility, and the type of modifications and equipment that are funded. Alternatively, you can contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800 to help you with applying for EAF assistance.

If you are a person with disability that meets EAF eligibility you can submit an EAF application with JobAccess Secure. If you need help to submit an application you can also:

  • ask a friend, relative or advocate to help you with your application
  • work with your employer to submit an application
  • ask your DES, jobactive or Community Development Program provider to help you submit an online enquiry to JobAccess, or call JobAccess on 1800 464 800 and get a JobAccess Adviser to help you to submit an application.

Open Now: Arts Sector Career Development Grants – Individuals & Groups 

Australia Council for the Arts

Closing: Round 2 - Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020. 

                  Round 3 -Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Please note funding and dates for rounds 2 & 3 are currently under review due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. For further information please contact the  Australia Council Artists Services team at:, or (toll free) 1800 226 912.

Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:
(1) Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(2) Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(3) Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).



For further assistance and advice from the Australia Council for the Arts, please contact a Grants Officer on 02 9215 9000,  1800 226 912 (toll-free), or 

Open Now: Regional Employment Trials

Federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Focus: Provides local stakeholders in selected regions (including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies) with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. The objectives of the program are to deliver:

  • strong connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • improved awareness of local labour markets
  • the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Your project must demonstrate that it:

  • provides opportunities and assistance to help unemployed people prepare for and find work
  • has at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure
  • You must complete your project before 30 June 2020.

Amount: From $7,500 to $200,000


Details for eligibility criteria, application guidelines, key documents and further information are available at:

Apply Now

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: Application Portal Link

Open Now: Tailored Assistance Indigenous Employment Grants (TAEG)

National Indigenous Australians Agency, Federal Government
Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with real and sustainable jobs. There are three streams of funding:

  • Employment – support for job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace, and support for employers to engage and retain job seekers into ongoing jobs, including    post-placement support
  • School-based traineeships – support for secondary students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment
  • Cadetships– support for university students to receive paid work-placement opportunities during the course of their study

Activities should deliver outcomes that will:

  • increase employment and retention rates
  • increase work-readiness
  • increase the successful transition of secondary and tertiary students into ongoing employment
  • lead to certified and transferrable qualifications.

Applicants must demonstrate that funding will deliver employment outcomes (jobs), and must identify the demand for the jobs in the organisation, region and/or industry.

Payments will be based on the achievement of individual milestones for job seekers. The amount paid for milestones will be negotiated with the NIAA Regional Office, detailed in the Employment Grant Schedule and weighted to the achievement of 13 and 26 weeks in employment.


Please refer to the 'How Do I Apply' section at following link for specific TAEG application guidelines, key documents and further resources for making applications: TAEG's


Applications can be made via the Proposal Form and Application Kit found at the official TAEG's website

Open Now: Travel and Accommodation Subsidies

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

The Department of Education and Training provides financial assistance to subsidize additional costs incurred by apprentices and trainees  to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Amount: undisclosed


  • The apprenticeship or traineeship must be registered in Queensland.
  • The apprentice or trainee must travel at least 100kms return (by direct route), to their training organisation, from their usual place of residence. The apprentice or trainee's usual place of residence may not be a home address if they usually live away from home to attend work (e.g. living in a mining camp for work purposes).
  • The apprentice or trainee must attend their closest training organisation able to deliver training in the relevant qualification.
  • Claims must be submitted to the department within 6 months from the completion of the training block or attendance period being claimed for. Claims submitted more than 6 months after the last training day will only be paid in exceptional circumstances and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please view the Travel and Accommodation Allowance: Policy Statement and Guidelines for further details on assessment criteria, travel subsidy rates, special provisions for additional financial assistance and advance claims.


Applications for apprentices/trainees (that are NOT SCHOOL-BASED) can be made through the Government's online  Claim Wizard

SCHOOL-BASED apprentices/trainees travel and accommodation application forms are available from your school or the Education Queensland website. You cannot lodge a claim through the same site.


The following grant programs are currently closed. They are expected to re-open for applications at a later date. 

Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program - Community Organisations

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: Round 1 - Closed Thursday 30 April, 5pm (AEST). 

               Round 2 - Currently under review with response to Covid19 pandemic.

Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs:

Funding rounds for Community Organisations 2020-21:

Round 1- open until 5pm (AEST) Thursday 30 April 2020

Round 2- Currently being finalized

Further application information, including program guidelines and fact sheets, is available from:

NDIS Jobs and Market Fund grants 

Focus: The objective of the Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) is to support growth of the NDIS market and workforce in capacity and capability to meet the needs of NDIS participants. Outcomes of the JMF must contribute to the growth of an effective disability services market and workforce comprising the following ultimate outcomes:

  • Participants exercise choice and control.
  • Participants receive reasonable and necessary supports where and when they need them.
  • NDIS providers are delivering supports and services efficiently and sustainably.
  • NDIS providers are able to access the workforce needed to meet participant demand.

Amount: $10,000 to $10,000,000


Apply Now

Closed 17 January. Check website for updates of further funding rounds.


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