JobKeeper Explained

JobKeeper Payment for Employers:

The Federal Government has released a new subsidy to assist employers to keep their staff employed.

This will help our Bilanz clients retain their apprentices, trainees and other staff through the next 6 month period, as the economy is hit by the impacts of COVID-19.

For the next six months, each worker in hard-hit businesses will be eligible to be paid a wage of $1,500 a fortnight.

  • If your small-medium business (under $1bn turnover) has suffered a revenue hit of 30 per cent due to COVID-19, your business qualifies.
  • If your larger business (over $1bn turnover) has suffered a revenue hit of 50 per cent due to COVID-19, your business qualifies.
  • These losses are self-assessed.
  • Full time, part time and stood-down workers are eligible.
  • Sole traders, not-for-profits, and casuals who have been employed for 12 months are also eligible.
  • The JobKeeper Payment is considered ‘equivalent’ for the purposes of Supporting Apprentices and Trainees, as it is designed to help businesses cover the costs of their employee’s wages.
  • An employer will not be eligible to claim Supporting Apprentices and Trainees for any period where they elect to claim the JobKeeper Payment for the same Australian Apprentice.

An eligible employer may elect to claim the JobKeeper Payment after they have begun claiming the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees. One payment will stop when the other starts. The two cannot be paid simultaneously

If you must lay off staff, help your employees to apply for Centrelink. $550 per fortnight will be paid to individuals who are currently eligible for certain income support payments, including the:
–       Jobseeker Payment;
–       Youth Allowance; and
–       Parenting Payment (Partnered and Single).
Furthermore, it appears that this new (additional) supplement will be paid to eligible individuals as part of their existing income support payments (e.g., Jobseeker Payment and Youth Allowance).

For more Information:

business.gov.au