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Have you lost your job due to COVID-19? Are you an employer?

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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:

  • You were employed at 1 March 2020
  • A full-time, part-time, or long-term casual (a casual employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020)
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer
  • An Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, a Protected Special Category Visa Holder, a non-protected Special Category Visa Holder who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder

If you are an eligible employer

  • You must be running a businesses (this includes companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders), not-for-profits and charities)
  • Your business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and that turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable period a year ago (over the period of at least a month)
  • Your business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

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.

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