New JobKeeper payments for employers

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New JobKeeper payments for employers
New JobKeeper payments for employers

The Federal Government introduced a third COVID-19 support package of $130 billion on 30 March 2020. The package includes additional support for businesses, including a new JobKeeper payment to help businesses retain employees.

Businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 may be able to receive a Government subsidy to help them continue to pay their employees. To be eligible, employers must:

  • Have more than a 30% reduction in their turnover for at least a month compared to last year if the business has an overall turnover of less than $1 billion.
  • Have more than a 50% reduction in their turnover for at least a month compared to last year if the business has an overall turnover of $1 billion or higher.
  • Not be subject to the Major Bank Levy.
  • Have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020.

JobKeeper payments must only be made to eligible employees, which are employees who:

  • Are under current employment with the employer.
  • Were already employed by the employer on 1 March 2020.
  • Are employed on a full-time or part-time basis, or are a long-term casual who has been employed on a regular basis for over 12 months as at 1 March 2020.
  • Are at least 16 years old.
  • Have an Australian citizenship or are an eligible visa holder.
  • Are not also receiving a JobKeeper payment from another employer.

To receive the JobKeeper payment, employers need to:

  • Go onto the ATO website and register an intention to apply with an assessment stating they have or will experience the 30% turnover reduction.
  • Provide the ATO with eligible employee information, including how many employees had been engaged as at 1 March 2020. This can be done using Single Touch Payroll data.
  • Confirm that eligible employees each receive at least $1,500 per fortnight before tax.
  • Notify eligible employees about receiving the Jobkeeper payment.

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