Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if:
- They have 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 1 month); or
- They have a turnover of more than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50%
- The employer must have been in an employment relationship with an employee as at 1st March 2020 and the employee must be currently engaged in order to receive JobKeeper Payments
Eligible employees are:
- Those who are currently employed by the employer (including those stood down or re-hired)
- Were employed by the employer as at 1st March 2020
- Includes full time, part time, or long-term casuals (employed more than 12 months)
- Must be 16 years of age
- Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa, Protected Special Category Visa Holder, non protected Special Category Visa Holder (residing in Australia more than 10 years), or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder; and
- Not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer
Employees who receive the JobKeeper Payment from another employer must report their JobKeeper Payment as income and their eligibility for payments from Services Australia may be affected.
For Businesses with employees, employers can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper Payment via the ATO from 30th March 2020 by clicking here. Afterwards, eligible employers will be able to apply via an online application. It is expected that employers will receive their first payment from the ATO in the first week of May 2020. Employers will need to identify eligible employees and must provide monthly updates to the ATO.
Participating employers will be required to ensure eligible employees will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax. It will be up to the employer if they want to pay superannuation on any additional wage paid because of the JobKeeper Payment.
For Businesses without employees, (such as the self-employed), can register their interest in applying for JobKeeper Payment via the ATO from 30th March 2020 by clicking here. Businesses will need to provide an ABN for their business, nominate an individual to receive the payment and provide the individual’s Tax File Number along with a declaration as to recent business activity. Self-employed businesses will also be required to provide a monthly update to the ATO to declare their continued eligibility for the payments.