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Back to Work

Supporting the Queensland Workforce Strategy 2022-2032. Good people. Good jobs.

Back to Work offers support for eligible jobseekers who need or want to update their skills to gain, change, or retain employment. The program provides an opportunity for jobseekers and those at risk of unemployment to upskill and retrain for jobs to keep pace with a changing Queensland economy. 

Back to Work Employer Officers and Back to Work Jobseeker Officers work in collaboration with employers, service providers and community representatives to assist in building regional employment solutions that meet both current and emerging needs.

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training also works in partnership with TAFE Queensland where Jobseeker Officers work with jobseekers including providing career advice to help find a suitable job, helping jobseekers determine their individual skills and identifying services and support, such as training, that may be of assistance.

Back to Work Jobseeker officers

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers are based within TAFE Queensland across the state, and their role is to support unemployed/underemployed  jobseekers or employees that are at risk of unemployment, to identify and connect with training and skills development linked to local employment. 


Back to Work has arrange of support products available, please read through the links below to explore which options provides you with the support you require.  Once you have completed the application process, a Jobseeker Officer will give you a call to discuss your individualised options.

Interested in applying?

If you would like to apply for the Back To Work program, please click on the below link to commence the online application process and monitor your emails for the next steps

Back to Work initiatives

Pre-employment Program

The Back To Work Team is providing opportunities and a range of intensive support to young people (15-24 years), long term unemployed people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  peoples and people with a disability.  

Employment Support - Employers

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses and industry the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a minimum period of unemployment and help workers facing disadvantage in the labour market.

Jobseeker Support Pool

The Jobseeker Support Pool supports Queensland adults 25 years and over and aims to increase jobseekers' employability skills and equip individuals with the skills to gain and maintain long-term employment.

C3G Plus

The Back To Work C3G Plus funding will provide jobseekers eligible for assessment with a true second chance at accessing subsidised training aligned with local jobs.  

Micro-Credentials and Short Courses

Developed in partnership with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and TAFE Queensland, Back to Work’s short courses equip you with additional skills as a business owner/operator and manager. These extra skills and know-how will build your confidence and workplace culture, and help you to retain your employees.

Back to Work Jobseeker Assistance – Suppliers Expression of Interest

Back to Work is seeking expressions of interest from eligible training providers who offer short courses across a range of study areas to become preferred suppliers for Back to Work funded programs.

Link & Launch Supports

The Back To Work Youth Team is providing a unique opportunity for youth aged between 15 and 24 years to access additional funds for short courses and support services for eligible youth applications. 

Funding Options


TAFE Queensland’s micro-credentials are short, highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill.

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Fee-Free TAFE

Fee-Free TAFE courses have been specifically chosen based on local skills demand and advice from industry. Completing training in these high-priority areas will guarantee you graduate with in-demand skills and strong job prospects.

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We’ve helped students achieve their career and study goals with hundreds of scholarships. Our TAFE Queensland scholarships are available to reduce the barrier to accessing training and for high achievement.

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Subsidies explained

Learn more about the different subsidies available to TAFE Queensland students.

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