Federal Government coronavirus economic stimulus stage 3
On 8th April 2020, the Australian Government’s JobKeeper payment passed parliament with an estimated $130 billion to be paid to hundreds of thousands of business to subsidise wages of about 6 million employees.
The JobKeeper Payment
The JobKeeper Payment is a temporary scheme open to businesses that have been impacted by Coronavirus and have seen significant reductions of between 30% – 50% in annual turnover.
The government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for up to 6 months.
The package aims to support employers to maintain connection to their employees while the business is experiencing a downturn so when the crisis is over, businesses can reactivate their operations again quickly.
The Jobkeeper Payment will also be available to self-employed.
Who can apply?
Employers (including non-for-profits) will be eligible for the subsidy if:
- their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30% relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month), or
- their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50% relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month); and
- charities that have lost 15 per cent of their turnover in the same period.
- self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30 per cent decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).
How to apply
Businesses need to apply to the ATO to participate in the scheme and provide supporting information demonstrating a downturn in their business. They also need to report the number of eligible employees employed by the business on a monthly basis
The ATO encourages employers looking to take advantage of the JobKeeper payment to register for updates at www.ato.gov.au/JobKeeper and the ATO will contact those registered as soon as more information is available.
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Who is an eligible employee?
Employees on the books on 1 March 2020 and continues to be engaged by the business.
Includes full-time, part-time, long-term casuals (been with the business on a regular basis for at least 12 months as at 1 March 2020) and stood down employees.
An employee must be 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.
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