Queensland employers will be eligible for up to $20,000 through the Palaszczuk Government's Back to Work program when they hire a mature-aged jobseeker aged 55 and over.
Addressing the Labor campaign launch today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Back to Work program had assisted more than 9,000 Queenslanders get a job.
"Today, I can announce that if re-elected, the Government will introduce a special Back to Work Boost for mature-aged jobseekers aged 55 and over," the Premier said.
The Mature-Aged Workers Boost will be open for applications for a six-month period, operating from 1 January 2018 until 30 June 2018.
"Under the Boost, employers who take on a mature-aged jobseeker will be eligible for up to $20,000.
"This will bring the mature-aged payments into line with the current $20,000 Youth Boost payment for young jobseekers."
Ms Palaszczuk said the Mature-Aged Workers Boost recognised the particular challenges facing older workers seeking to re-enter the labour market after a period of unemployment.
"The evidence shows it becomes more and difficult for older workers to find work again if they lose their job, with workers aged 55 and over recording the highest average duration of unemployment and the highest incidence of age discrimination," she said.
"A third of those who had experienced age discrimination gave up looking for work. These are workers who need to work and want to work and we are going to back them all the way."
Up to $5 million will be committed to deliver the Mature-Aged Workers Boost under Back to Work.
In addition, the Government will appoint a prominent Queenslander as an Ambassador for matured-aged-friendly workplaces and establish an awards program to recognise and showcase Queensland businesses that demonstrate best practice in employing older workers.
"The Ambassador will work with the Government and employers to promote and advocate the benefits of employers taking on mature-aged workers in their workplace, and help dispel some of the myths and stereotypes that act as barriers to mature aged employment," the Premier said.