As an economic response to the pandemic, the Australian government enacted an AUD $130 billion JobKeeper payment scheme. According to the government website, an estimated six million workers will receive payments of $1,500 (before tax) every two weeks through their employer. The JobKeeper Payment is open to eligible businesses, not-for-profits and the self-employed who can enroll at ato.gov.au.
Australia JobKeeper employer eligibility
Companies are eligible if the business:
- Has an aggregated turnover less than AUD $1 billion (for income tax purposes) and estimate their GST turnover fell or will likely fall by 30% or more; or
- Has an aggregated turnover of AUD $1 billion or more (for income tax purposes) and they estimate their GST turnover fell or will likely fall by 50% or more.
Learn more from this employer JobKeeper FAQ.
Australia JobKeeper employee eligibility
Employees are eligible if they:
- Are currently employed by an eligible employer (including stood down or re-hired)
- Were for the eligible employer either:
- Full-time, part-time or fixed-term employees at March 1, 2020; or
- Long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months) as at March 1, 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer.
- Were age 18 or older as of March 1, 2020
- Were 16 or 17 to qualify for fortnights before May 11, 2020, and continue to qualify after that if they are independent or not undertaking full time study.
- Were either:
- An Australian resident (within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991)
- An Australian resident for the purpose of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the holder of a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa as at March 1, 2020
- Were not in receipt of any of these payments during the JobKeeper fortnight:
- Government parental leave or Dad and partner pay under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
- A payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual’s total incapacity for work.
Learn more from this employee JobKeeper FAQ.