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Pre-employment Program (PEP)

PEP provides intensive support to eligible Queenslanders an opportunitiy to achieve their employment goals.  

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.


What supports can be accessed?

A range of intensive support will be available to jobseekers who live in an eligible region of Queensland under the Pre-Employment Program (PEP) managed by Back to Work Jobseeker Officers:

  • One-on-one support from a dedicated Back to Work Jobseeker Officer based within the jobseeker’s region, who will work with them to determine their goals and assist with barriers to employment.
  • The Work Preferences Questionnaire by Harrisons provides an in-depth analysis of a person’s interests, task preferences, strengths, potential de-railers, and work environment preferences to guide the jobseeker towards a career that best suits their strengths.
  • Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Online Profile Assistance.
  • Potential funding for training - via C3G Plus a jobseeker will have the opportunity to access further subsidised training opportunities aligned to their strengths and local employment opportunities.
  • Jobseeker Support Pool – potential financial assistance to support jobseekers to overcome barriers to employment.



The Pre-Employment Program supports Queenslanders who identify with one or more of the following eligible groups:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • people with disability; or
  • long-term unemployed people (unemployed for 52 weeks or longer).
  • Young people aged 15- 24 years (who have completed or left school)


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.


The Pre-Employment Program 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 Pre-Employment Program is also delivered in select local government areas in South East Queensland, including Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, and Somerset.


Apply here

If you would like to apply for Pre-Employment Program, please click on the below link to commence the online application process and moniter for your emails for the next steps.

C3G Plus

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

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.

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.

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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