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UpdatesApr 23, 2020

Are you eligible for the JobKeeper Payment Scheme?

The Australian Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment Scheme was passed by both sides of Parliament on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

The Australian Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment Scheme was passed by both sides of Parliament on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Under the JobKeeper Payment Scheme, payments will be made to eligible employers for up to 6 months for each ‘eligible employee’ who was on their records as of 1 March 2020 and continues to be engaged by that employer.

Eligible employers will receive $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee and every eligible employee must receive $1,500 per fortnight before tax.

The payments will be paid out via the current Australian Tax Office system commencing in the first week of May 2020, with payments backdated to 30 March 2020.

Eligible employers include those with:

Eligible employers include business that are partnerships, trusts, sole traders and companies as well as not-for-profit entities. Charities registered with ACNC will be eligible for the subsidy if they estimate their turnover has fallen (or will likely fall) by 15% or more relative to a comparable period. Businesses subject to the Major Bank Levy will be ineligible for the payment.

Eligible employees include those who are:

On 8 April 2020, the Federal Parliament also passed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) that will give employers eligible for JobKeeper Payments significant powers to adjust workplace arrangements to reduce labour costs and retain employees. These powers will override relevant restrictions imposed by industrial legislation, industrial instruments and/or employment contracts.

These powers allow a JobKeeper eligible employer to:

A number of conditions govern the exercising of these rights.

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