Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

JobKeeper Payment

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The Government’s JobKeeper Payment will help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact of the coronavirus.

If you currently receive JobKeeper Payment it remains unchanged and available until 27September2020. New applications for JobKeeper remain open, subject to meeting the relevant eligibility requirements.

On 21 July 2020,the Government announced an extension of the JobKeeper Payment until 28March2021, targeting support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.

  • The existing JobKeeper Payment will remain in place until 27September2020. Information about the operation of the JobKeeper Payment until 27September2020 is available on the ATO website.From 28September2020, the JobKeeper Payment will be extended forbusinesses andnot-for-profits that have been most significantly impacted, the payment rates will be stepped-down and two tiers of payment will be introduced.

Further changes were announced on 7 August 2020 to adjust the reference date for determining employee eligibility and make it easier for organisations to qualify for the JobKeeper Payment extension.

From 28September2020, businesses and not-for-profits seeking to claim JobKeeper Paymentwill be required to re-assess their eligibility for the JobKeeper extension with reference to their actual turnover. The JobKeeper extension will be available to qualifying businesses andnot-for-profits from 28September2020 until 28March2021.

The ATO is administering the JobKeeper Payment and detailed information and guidance on JobKeeper is available on the ATO website.

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JobKeeper Review

Treasury completed a three-month review of the JobKeeper Payment in June 2020, informed by the status of the Coronavirus outbreak and the economy. It was provided to the Government for its consideration.

JobKeeper Payment Rules

The Treasurer has made the rules to give effect to the JobKeeper Payment.