Employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders can provide many business benefits, including access to employment incentives, training and support, and access to job-ready applicants.

There are a range of government incentives, programs and packages available for businesses.

Queensland Government assistance

Youth Employment Program (YEP)

YEP helps your business to employ job-ready young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders by matching suitable applicants to your employment needs. The YEP team will guide you through the process of sourcing and matching potential candidates, hiring new staff, and providing post-job placement support.

YEP is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples who:

  • are finishing high school and looking for work, or considering further education
  • have a Certificate III or higher, and are not being assisted by a job agency.

Your business will benefit by:

  • accessing job ready applicants who are keen and proactive to be placed into employment
  • receiving post-placement support for you and your new employee
  • providing a positive contribution to the lives and communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders
  • encouraging cultural and workplace diversity.

YEP provides support by:

  • connecting you with YEP job applicants throughout Queensland
  • matching applicants to your job requirements
  • providing post-placement support to you and your YEP employees to minimise the risk of staff turnover
  • linking you and your YEP employees to programs, support, and training and development.

For more information about YEP, contact your nearest DATSIP regional office or email yep@datsip.qld.gov.au.

Apprentices and traineeship incentives

Learn about Work start incentives, a Queensland Government incentive to employ apprentices and trainees. Your business receives a one-off $10,000 payment if you employ a Queenslander who has participated in certain workshops and programs.

Read more about Work start incentives on the Skilling Queenslanders for work website.

Apprenticeships Info

Visit the Apprenticeships Info website for information on how to employ an apprentice or trainee, find training advice, and access advice and support services.

You can also check the Apprenticeship/traineeship out of trade register for potential staff who are looking for work in their trade.

Back to Work

Learn about the Back to Work Regional and Back to Work South East Queensland programs which support employers who hire long-term unemployed or young unemployed jobseekers.

Read more about the Back to Work program.

Indigenous employee retention strategy

Read the Queensland Tourism Industry Council's guide to building your business through mentoring – an Indigenous employee retention strategy.

Australian Government support

Australian apprenticeships

Learn about the Australian Government's Apprenticeship Network which supports employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices through their Australian apprenticeship support network.

Representatives will work with you to identify the right training and skills needed in your business.

Not-for-profit organisations

Mission Australia

Find out about Mission Australia's workplace familiarisation and induction support program which supports their Indigenous Employment Program.

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