JobKeeper Payment - Frequently Asked Questions

General

WHAT IS THE JOBKEEPER PAYMENT?

The JobKeeper Payment is a payment made to eligible businesses and not-for-profits affected by the Coronavirus to support them in retaining employees.

Eligible businesses that elect to participate will receive a payment of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee to support the people they employed as at 1 March 2020 who are retained in employment.

Businesses must have paid their employees before they are entitled to receive the JobKeeper payment. Where an employee's total remuneration is less than $1,500 per fortnight (before tax), or has been stood down, the employer must provide the employee at least $1,500 per fortnight (before tax). Where an employee earns more than $1,500 per fortnight, employers can use the payment to subsidise the employee's wages.

Self-employed individuals will also be eligible to receive the JobKeeper payment.

WHEN WILL THE JOBKEEPER PAYMENT COMMENCE?

The JobKeeper Payment will be available from 30 March 2020.

HOW LONG WILL THE JOBKEEPER PAYMENT LAST FOR?

The JobKeeper Payment will be available for the period until 27 September 2020.

Employers

IS MY BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?

Employers (including not-for-profits) will be eligible for the subsidy if:
  • their business has an aggregated turnover of less than $1 billion (for income tax purposes*) and estimate their GST turnover has fallen or will likely fall by 30 per cent or more; or
  • their business has an aggregated turnover of $1 billion or more (for income tax purposes) and estimate their GST turnover has fallen or will likely fall by 50 per cent or more; or
  • their business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
For charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), they will be eligible for the subsidy if they estimate their GST turnover has fallen or will likely fall by 15 per cent or more relative to a comparable period. This lower turnover decline test does not apply to universities and non-government schools that are registered charities, who will remain subject to the turnover decline tests set out above for other not-for-profits and businesses.

JobKeeper Payments are paid in respect of each eligible employee who was employed at 1 March 2020 and is currently employed by the business (including those who are stood down or re-hired).

WHAT TYPE OF ENTITIES ARE ELIGIBLE?

All business types, including not-for-profits, will be eligible with the exception of those listed below.

The following entities will not be eligible:
  • Australian Government and its agencies,
  • State and Territory governments and their agencies,
  • Foreign governments and their agencies;
  • Local council governments;
  • Wholly-owned corporations of any of the above; and
  • A business subject to the Major Bank Levy.
Additionally, a company that is in liquidation, or a partnership, trust or sole trader in bankruptcy, will not be eligible.

Some businesses may not be eligible if they are separately provided with support from the Government that explicitly requires them to forgo access to the JobKeeper Payment.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

The JobKeeper Payment will be administered by the ATO.

Eligible employers need to elect into the scheme. If you want to participate, you can register your interest on the ATO website to keep updated on information about the JobKeeper Payment.

If you register you will receive updates and information from the ATO about how and when to claim the JobKeeper Payment.

If you are a BAS or Tax agent you do not need to register each client separately, unless you are registering each client to receive the information directly.

HOW DO I WORK OUT WHICH OF MY EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES?

You will only be able to claim the JobKeeper payment for eligible employees that were in your employment on 1 March 2020, and continue to be employed while you are claiming the JobKeeper payment.

An eligible employee is an employee who:
  • is currently employed by the eligible employer (including those stood down or re-hired);
  • is a full-time or part-time employee, or a casual employed on a regular and systematic basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020;
  • is a permanent employee of the employer, or if a casual employee, not a permanent employee of any other employer;
  • was aged 16 years or older at 1 March 2020;
  • was an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder at 1 March 2020;
  • was a resident for Australian tax purposes on 1 March 2020; and
  • is not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer.
You can only claim JobKeeper payment for eligible employees if you pay the $1,500 per fortnight (before tax) to each eligible employee.

These payments should be made using your payroll system and reported to the ATO via Single Touch Payroll. This will support the online claim process when it is available.

*Aggregated turnover is an entity's annual turnover from carrying on a business plus the annual turnover from carrying on a business of any business or individual connected with or affiliated with the entity.