This article was last updated on 20/04/2020. Please refer to health.gov.au for latest health alerts regarding COVID-19. The information in this article is general only and may not be relevant to your circumstances.
Enrolments for JobKeeper payments open today, 20 April 2020
If your business or employment has been impacted as a result of COVID-19 you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s JobKeeper payment.
What is the JobKeeper payment?
The Australian Government’s JobKeeper payment is a temporary scheme open to businesses impacted by the coronavirus. This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over.
Under the JobKeeper payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy to continue paying their employees. The Government will provide a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee until 27 September 2020.
For employees, this means you can keep your job and earn an income – even if your hours have been cut. If you have multiple jobs, you can only claim the JobKeeper payment from one employer.
(Source: Australian Government Business.gov.au)
Key dates for employers
|20 April 2020||JobKeeper Payment enrolment opens via the ATO Business Portal|
Businesses can enrol from today, Monday 20 April 2020, via the ATO Business Portal.
Note that if you have registered your interest, you are not yet enrolled in the program and must still complete an enrolment.
Visit the Australian Taxation Office JobKeeper payment resource area for further information on eligibility, the enrolment process and further key dates.
Key dates for employees
|30 April 2020||Return your JobKeeper employee nomination notice to your employer|
A JobKeeper employee nomination notice needs to be completed by both the employee and employer. This notice:
- notifies you, the employee, that the business intends to participate in the scheme
- asks you, the employee, if you agree to be nominated and receive payments from the business as part of the scheme
To be eligible for the first JobKeeper payment, the JobKeeper employee nomination notice must be completed and returned to your employer by 30 April 2020.
If you have multiple jobs, you can only claim the JobKeeper payment from one employer. This means, you must notify your employers and complete the JobKeeper employee nomination form for only one employer.
If you are currently in receipt of, or have applied for, an income support payment you must notify Services Australia of your change in circumstances via your MyGov account.
Visit the Australian Taxation Office JobKeeper payment resource area for further information on eligibility and how this affects income support payments.
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