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Jobseeker Support Pool

The Back to Work team is providing a unique opportunity for Queensland adults 25 years and over, who fall under key cohorts and eligible regions to apply for assessment. This support pool aims to increase jobseekers' employability skills and equip individuals with the skills to gain and maintain long-term employment

What support can be accessed?

Back to Work Jobseeker Officers may refer eligible Queenslanders to tailored fee for service training options, and/or provide additional supports that align to local employment demands and meets the needs of the individual. Support that may be offered includes:

  • Work Ready Checklist & Prepare yourself for work sessions
  • Blue Card and Disability Worker Screener Card
  • Birth Certificates and Proof of Age ID Cards
  • Industry Licensing, including Security, High Risk and Real Estate etc
  • Accredited short courses, including machinery, construction, hospitality and many more
  • Driving lessons and licencing with Dept of Transport and Main Roads
  • Clothing and PPE
  • Training kits

Applicants who are assessed as requiring a full qualification for their preferred employment pathway, with be referred to other funding sources, such as Certificate III Guarantee (C3G), Certificate III Guarantee Plus (C3GPlus) or Fee-Free TAFE.


Eligibility for assessment

The Jobseeker Support Pool supports Queensland adults, 25 years and over, who identify with one or more of the following eligible groups for assessment:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • people with disability; or
  • long-term unemployed people (unemployed for 52 weeks or longer).

The Jobseeker Support Pool also supports individuals 25 years and over, who are currently employed by a Back to Work supported employer, that may now be at risk of unemployment.

To be eligible, you must also:  

  • live in an eligible region or local government area and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa with appropriate work and/or study permits.


Where is the program delivered?

The Jobseeker Support Pool is delivered in the following eligible regions;

  • Far North Queensland
  • North Queensland
  • Mackay/Whitsunday
  • North West Queensland
  • Central Queensland
  • Wide Bay Burnett
  • South West Queensland (Toowoomba ineligible)

The Jobseeker Support Pool is also delivered in select local government areas in South East Queensland, including Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, and Somerset.

If you would like to apply for Jobseeker Support Pool, please click on the below link to commence the online application process and monitor your emails for the next steps.

TAFE Queensland is subject to a compulsory Christmas closure period from 22 December 2023 to 05 January 2024.

In addition whilst we implement some critical system updates, Back to Work online applications will be closed down from Friday 15 December 2023 at 5pm, reopening Monday 15 January 2024 at 9am. Either side of the compulsory closure period, the Back to Work Team will be available to answer your queries on We thank you for your understanding. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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.  

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.

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.  

Enterprise skills for youth

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. 

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