IMPORTANT: JobKeeper updates including extensions, eligibility and more.
After a week of frantic registrations for the JobKeeper payment, the Tax Commissioner and Treasurer have begun to make some amendments to the scheme. Please see below the key changes that may impact you.
Registration deadline extended.
On Friday 24th April the Tax Commissioner extended the registration deadline for April and May JobKeeper payments to 31 May 2020. However, to be eligible for April JobKeeper payments employers will still need to ensure that staff have been paid at least $1,500 for the first two JobKeeper fortnights (30 March – 12 April and 13 April – 26 April) by the end of April.
Eligibility changes for 16 & 17 year olds.
Full time students who are 17 years or younger and not financially independent have been excluded from receiving JobKeeper payments. This change will apply prospectively so employers who have already paid employees will not be out of pocket. Clients should take this change into account before making further payments to these employees. For more updates made to JobKeeper please click here.
Dedicated hotlines for employers to call to bridge finances.
The government have noted that many employers are experiencing cashflow difficulties whilst waiting for JobKeeper payments to arrive for their employees. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has arranged dedicated hotlines with the major banks so employers are able to call in relation to accessing financial support to bridge the timing of wages payments to JobKeeper reimbursements. We note that it would be best to approach a bank that you already have an account with, but all bank hotline numbers are below:
- Westpac – 1300 731 073
- NAB – 1800 562 533 (1800 JobKeeper)
- CBA – 13 26 07
- ANZ – 1800 571 123
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