If you lost your job in March, or if you are concerned about losing your job in the coming months, you may be able to access a fixed payment of $1,500 per fortnight through your most recent employer.
Employers whose business has lost more than 30% of its turnover as a result of COVID-19 will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
Businesses can also use the payment to rehire staff who have been terminated due to the impact of COVID-19.
To receive a payment, the employer and employee must meet the following criteria.
If you are an eligible employee
You must meet the following criteria:
If you are an eligible employer
How do I access the payment?
Employers can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper Payment via ato.gov.au from 30 March 2020.
Eligible employers will then be able to apply for the scheme online application and if approved the first payment will be received by employers from the ATO in the first week of May.
Employees who have recently lost their job or are fearful about losing their job can speak to their employer about accessing the payment.
Businesses without employees
Businesses without employees, such as the self-employed, will need to provide an ABN for their business, nominate an individual to receive the payment and provide that individual’s Tax File Number and provide a declaration as to recent business activity. Further details for the self-employed will be provided here.
Further details for the self-employed will be provided here.
Employees who have lost their job or are fearful about losing their job can speak to their employer about accessing the payment.
You can find full information about eligible employers and how employers can apply for the scheme here.
JobSeeker Payment extended to those whose partners earn $79,762 or less.
Previously, Australians who are out of work were not eligible for the JobSeeker payment if their partner earns $48,000 or more.
Under changes made on Monday, 30 March, people will now be eligible for job-seeker payments unless their partner earns $79,762 or more.