JobKeeper Payment Scheme: Eligibility Changes Announced
On Tuesday the 21st of July the Australian Government announced a proposed extension of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme from 28th September 2020 until 28th March 2021.
As of the 3rd of August 2020, two further changes were implemented by the government to ease JobKeeper eligibility criteria.
The two important changes announced are in relation to:
- Employer eligibility for the extension of the scheme; and
- The date for determining employee eligibility for both the existing scheme and the extension of the scheme has changed from 1 March to 1 July 2020.
To receive the first JobKeeper Payment Extension (JobKeeper 2.0) from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, a business will need to ONLY demonstrate that their actual GST turnover has fallen in the September quarter 2020 relative to a comparable period (generally the corresponding quarters in the previous year).
To receive the second JobKeeper Payment Extension (JobKeeper 2.0) from 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021, a business will need to ONLY demonstrate that their actual GST turnover has fallen in the December quarter 2020 relative to a comparable period (generally the corresponding quarters in the previous year).
From the 3rd of August onwards, the relative date for determining employee eligibility is 1 July 2020 for both the existing scheme and the extension of the scheme.
From the 28th September 2020 onwards, an employee’s eligibility to receive the JobKeeper Payment Extension will also depend on the amount of hours the employee worked in the four weeks of pay periods before either 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020.
In the below graphic we have summarised the latest changes to the JobKeeper Payment according to the 2 tiers of payments for eligible employees and the further changes announced in regards to both employer and employee eligibility.
For full details of the extension and latest changes of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, please refer to the Treasury site by clicking here.
*Please note that the above information regarding the announcement of changes to the both the existing scheme and the extension of the scheme has not yet passed through legislation.
*August is a three-fortnight month for the JobKeeper Payment, so you will need to cover $4,500 for the month of August rather than $3,000.
We have been assisting many businesses with their JobKeeper eligibility and enrolment enquiries and application processes. Our team at Allan Hall Business Advisors can assist you to navigate this process smoothly and efficiently. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require assistance or have any further questions.