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The JobKeeper Payment is a scheme to support businesses and not-for-profit organisations significantly affected by COVID-19, to help keep more Australians in jobs. The JobKeeper Payment is administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

The JobKeeper Payment will be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021.

Payment rates


Up until 27 September 2020 - the JobKeeper Payment rate will be $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants.

JobKeeper extension

From 28 September 2020 - There are two separate extension periods. For each extension period, an additional actual fall in turnover test applies and the rate of the JobKeeper payment is different.

The rate of the JobKeeper Payment will depend on the number of hours an eligible employee works or an eligible business participant is actively engaged in the business. It will be split into two rates:

  • Tier 1: This rate applies to:
    • all eligible employees who worked for 80 hours or more in the four weeks of pay periods before either 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020, and
    • eligible business participants who were actively engaged in the business for 80 hours or more in February and provide a declaration to that effect
  • Tier 2: This rate applies to:
    • any other eligible employees and eligible business participants

From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021

The JobKeeper Payment rates are expected to be:

  • Tier 1: $1,200 per fortnight (before tax)
  • Tier 2: $750 per fortnight (before tax)

From 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021

The JobKeeper Payment rates are expected to be:

  • Tier 1: $1,000 per fortnight (before tax)
  • Tier 2: $650 per fortnight (before tax)

Eligibility


In order to receive the JobKeeper Payment, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria. You can work out eligibility for employers, employees and sole-traders on the ATO website.

 

Enrol for the JobKeeper Payment

Follow the steps on the ATO website to enrol for the JobKeeper Payment using an online form.

Keeping the system fair


If you have questions about workplace entitlements and obligations in relation to the JobKeeper payment scheme, the Fair Work Commission has guidance on how it can assist with JobKeeper disputes.

If you're concerned that someone is doing the wrong thing in relation to JobKeeper payment, you can tell the ATO about it. To report illegal or behaviour of concern, see making a tip off.

JobKeeper Payment resources

Check out the JobKeeper guides for sole traders and employers.

Watch the returning to work video series.

Make sure you know what your employees are entitled to when it comes to the JobKeeper Payment scheme.