JobKeeper Payment: Relief for Employers and Employees
On 30 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government again announced another COVID-19 small business relief initiative. The JobKeeper payment as part of its $130 billion economic stimulus measure to help keep Australians employed.
Employers will need to apply (link provided below) for the wage subsidy to receive a payment of $1,500 per fortnight for each full-time and part-time employee. On approval of the application, funds will be paid directly to eligible employers for a 6 month period, backdated to 1 March 2020.
Am I an eligible employer?
Eligible employers are businesses (companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders), not-for-profits and charities that have:
- A turnover of less than $1 billion and have experienced a 30% or more reduction in revenue, compared to the same period 12 months prior; or
- A turnover of $1 billion or more and have experienced at least a 50% reduction in revenue, compared to the same period 12 months prior.
Special consideration for eligible businesses has also been made available by the Treasury. For more information, please click here.
What employees are eligible?
Employees are eligible if:
- They have been employed by an eligible employer from 1 March 2020
- Are a sole trader, full time, part time or long term casual employed on a regular basis for the previous 12 months from 1 March 2020
- Are aged 16+
- Are an Australian citizen or holder of other eligible visas
- The wage of the employee must be at least equal to $1,500 per fortnight – if the employee receives a wage of less than $1,500 per fortnight, the employer would not be eligible to receive the wage subsidy unless they firstly ‘topped-up’ the wage of the employee to at least the minimum of $1,500 per fortnight (see examples in the fact sheet linked below).
What about those employees who have already been stood-down?
The employer would need to reinstate the employee and commence to pay them a wage of at least $1,500 per fortnight in order to be eligible.
What about those employees who have already been made redundant?
For employees that have already been made redundant, the employee would need to be re-employed in order for their employer to become eligible for the wage subsidy.
What if I am self-employed without employees?
Businesses without employees, such as the self-employed, can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper payment via the ATO. An ABN will need to be supplied along with the tax file number of the individual the payment is being applied for.
How is it paid?
The payments will go directly to employers, who are also able to top up the payment to employees. Payments will be made to the employer monthly in arrears by the Australian Tax Office.
Click here to access the business.gov.au website which provides further details of the wage subsidy, examples of how it applies to particular employee situations, including the application process.
Want to know more?
To read the JobKeeper 1.0 payment fact sheet for employers, click here.
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