Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a subsidy from the
Government to continue paying their employees. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the
crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut.
The JobKeeper Payment will also be available to the self-employed.
The Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per employee for up to 6 months.
The JobKeeper Payment will support employers to maintain their connection to their employees. These connections will enable business to
reactivate their operations quickly – without having to rehire staff – when the crisis is over.
Employers (including non-for-profits) will be eligible for the subsidy if:
their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a
comparable period year ago (of at least a month); or
their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 per cent relative to a comparable
period a year ago (of at least a month); and •
- the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. They will need to make an application to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and
provide supporting information demonstrating a downturn in their business. In addition, employers must report the number of eligible
employees employed by the business on a monthly basis.
Eligible employers will receive the payment for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and continues to be engaged
by that employer – including full-time, part-time, long-term casuals and stood down employees. Casual employees eligible for the JobKeeper
Payment are those employees who have been with their employer on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months as at 1 March 2020.
To be eligible, an employee must be an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, a Protected Special Category Visa Holder, a
non-protected Special Category Visa Holder who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category
(Subclass 444) Visa Holder.
Eligible employers who have stood down their employees before the commencement of this scheme will be able to participate. Employees that
are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.
In circumstances where an employee is accessing support though Services Australia because they have been stood down or had their hours
reduced and the employer will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment, the employee should advise Services Australia of their change in
circumstances online at my.gov.au or by telephone.
Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30 per cent
decline in turnover relative to a comparable a period a year ago (of at least a month).
Where employees have multiple employers – only one employer will be eligible to receive the payment. The employee will need to notify
their primary employer to claim the JobKeeper Payment on their behalf. The claiming of the tax free threshold will in most cases be
sufficient notification that an employer is the employee’s primary employer.
Eligible employers will be paid $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee. Eligible employees will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per
fortnight, before tax, and employers are able to top-up the payment.
Where employers participate in the scheme, their employees will receive this payment as follows.
If an employee ordinarily receives $1,500 or more in income per fortnight before tax, they will continue to receive their regular income
according to their prevailing workplace arrangements. The JobKeeper Payment will assist their employer to continue operating by subsidising
all or part of the income of their employee(s).
If an employee ordinarily receives less than $1,500 in income per fortnight before tax, their employer must pay their employee, at a
minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax.
- If an employee has been stood down, their employer must pay their employee, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax.
If an employee was employed on 1 March 2020, subsequently ceased employment with their employer, and then has been re-engaged by the same
eligible employer, the employee will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax.
It will be up to the employer if they want to pay superannuation on any additional wage paid because of the JobKeeper Payment. Payments
will be made to the employer monthly in arrears by the ATO.
The subsidy will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payments to be received by employers in the first week of May. Businesses will be
able to register their interest in participating in the Payment from 30 March 2020 on the ATO website.
Melissa is a sole trader running a florist. She does not have employees. Melissa’s business has been in operation for several years. The
economic downturn due to the Coronavirus has adversely affected Melissa’s business, and she expects that her business turnover will fall
by more than 30 per cent compared to a typical month in 2019.
Melissa will be able to apply for the JobKeeper Payment and would receive $1,500 per fortnight before tax, paid on a monthly basis.
Worker with multiple jobs
Michelle currently works two permanent part-time jobs, at an art gallery during weekdays, and at the local café on the weekend. Due to
the impact of the Coronavirus, the gallery has closed and Michelle has been stood down without pay under the Fair Work Act. Michelle
continues to work at the café delivering take-away orders.
Michelle can only receive the JobKeeper Payment once, from the employer from whom she nominates as her primary employer. As Michelle
only claims the tax free threshold from her job at the art gallery, this will be treated as her nomination of the art gallery as her
primary employer. The art gallery is eligible for the JobKeeper Payment.
The art gallery will pass the JobKeeper Payment on to Michelle, so she will receive $1,500 per fortnight before tax. During the
application process, the art gallery will notify the ATO that Michelle receives the payment from them. The art gallery is also required to
advise Michelle that she has been nominated to the ATO as an eligible employee to receive the payment.
The café is not eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment for Michelle. The income that Michelle receives from her job at the café does
not change her entitlement to the JobKeeper Payment she receives from the art gallery.
Employee made redundant after 1 March
Miles worked as a permanent part-time personal trainer at a gym for six months and was made redundant on 20 March 2020 in response to
the Government directive that gyms close. Miles was not entitled to redundancy pay due to his length of service.
In response to the announcement of the JobKeeper Payment, the gym decides they want to re-engage Miles so they are well placed to resume
their operations once the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
After being made redundant, Miles had registered an intent to claim with Services Australia for access to the JobSeeker Payment and the
Coronavirus Supplement. Miles is single, with no children and in total he would be eligible to receive $1,124.50 before tax per fortnight.
If Miles chooses to be re-hired by the gym, under the JobKeeper Payment he will receive $1,500 a fortnight before tax while he is stood
down. Miles will need to advise Services Australia of his income. He is no longer eligible for the JobSeeker Payment and the Coronavirus
Supplement from Services Australia as a result of receiving the JobKeeper Payment.
Employer with 5 employees who all currently get paid more than $1,500 per fortnight
Sara runs a landscaping company, and employs five full-time gardeners. Sara is paying her employees $1,700 per fortnight before tax. She
expects that her turnover will decline by more than 30 per cent over the coming months and that she will either need to lay staff off, or
reduce their wages significantly. As a result of the JobKeeper Payment, Sara will be able to keep employing every gardener, and only needs
to pay the $200 wage cost per fortnight before tax per employee above the $1,500 per fortnight (before tax) JobKeeper Payment.
Employer with employees on different wages
Adam owns a real estate business with two employees. The business is still operating at this stage but Adam expects that turnover will
decline by more than 30 per cent in in the coming months. The employees are:
Anne, who is a permanent full-time employee on a salary of $3,000 per fortnight before tax and who continues working for the business;
Nick, who is a permanent part-time employee on a salary of $1,000 per fortnight before tax and who continues working for the business.
Adam is eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment for each employee, which would have the following benefits for the business and its
The business continues to pay Anne her full-time salary of $3,000 per fortnight before tax, and the business will receive $1,500 per
fortnight from the JobKeeper Payment to subsidise the cost of Anne’s salary and will continue paying the superannuation guarantee on Anne’s
The business continues to pay Nick his $1,000 per fortnight before tax salary and an additional $500 per fortnight before tax, totalling
$1,500 per fortnight before tax. The business receives $1,500 per fortnight before tax from the JobKeeper Payment which will subsidise
the cost of Nick’s salary. The business must continue to pay the superannuation guarantee on the $1,000 per fortnight of wages that Nick
is earning. The business has the option of choosing to pay superannuation on the additional $500 (before tax) paid to Nick under the
Adam can register his initial interest in the scheme from 30 March 2020, followed subsequently by an application to ATO with details
about his eligible employees. In addition, Adam is required to advise his employees that he has nominated them as eligible employees to
receive the payment. Adam will provide information to the ATO on a monthly basis and receive the payment monthly in arrears.
Employer with employees who have been stood down without pay
Zahrah runs a beauty salon in Melbourne. Ordinarily, she employs three permanent part-time beauticians, but the government directive
that beauty salons can no longer operate has required her to shut the business. As such she has been forced to stand down her three
beauticians without pay.
Zahrah’s turnover will decline by more than 30 per cent, so she is eligible to apply for the JobKeeper Payment for each employee, and
pass on $1,500 per fortnight before tax to each of her three beauticians for up to six months. Zahrah will maintain the connection to her
employees, and be in a position to quickly resume her operations.
Zahrah is required to advise her employees that she has nominated them as eligible employees to receive the payment. It is up to Zahrah
whether she wants to pay superannuation on the additional income paid because of the JobKeeper Payment.
If Zahrah’s employees have already started receiving income support payments like the JobSeeker Payment when they receive the JobKeeper
Payment, they will need to advise Services Australia of their new income.
Employee who has been stood down and applied for income support
Phoebe works in administration services of a large retail company as a permanent full-time employee, but she has been stood down under
the Fair Work Act without pay. Phoebe had registered an intent to claim with Services Australia for access to the JobSeeker Payment and
the Coronavirus Supplement. Phoebe is single, with no children and in total she would be eligible to receive $1,124.50 before tax per
fortnight from Services Australia.
Phoebe’s employer has decided to apply for the JobKeeper Payment for all its eligible employees for up to six months. This would entitle
Phoebe to $1,500 per fortnight before tax. Phoebe’s employer is required to advise her that she has been nominated as an eligible employee
to receive the payment.
If Phoebe elects to receive income support though Services Australia, she will need to report her income from the JobKeeper Payment to
Services Australia. Phoebe may no longer be eligible for income support from Services Australia as a result of receiving the JobKeeper
*All information provided by business.gov.au