Important JobKeeper Update!

For Employers on JobKeeper who have eligible staff between 1 March and 1 July

The ATO have announced changes to eligibility for employees that were employed between 1 March and 1 July or casual staff that met the twelve-month requirement after 1 March which were previously ineligible.  This is in effect for all fortnights commencing from 3 August 2020.

Eligible staff between 1 March and 1 July

 An employee can access JobKeeper from 3 August if they satisfy all the following conditions prior to 1 July:

  • Are an eligible employee being that you are:
  • non-casual employee (full or part time permanent), or
  • a long-term casual employed greater than 12mths and not an employee of any other employer.
  • Not in receipt of government parental leave or partner pay or workers compensation.
  • Over 18 and an Australian resident or a tax resident and holder of a Subclass 444 visa.
  • If you are 16 or 17 you can still qualify if you are independent and not undertaking full time study.

Any staff employed after 1 July remain ineligible.

What do I do for newly eligible staff?

  • Have the staff member sign a nomination notice and return to you before 31 August and keep it on record.
  • For the fortnights commencing 3 August and 17 August, you have until 31 August to have their minimum payments paid to them ($1,500 a fortnight).

The new notice can be downloaded here

Existing staff prior to 1 March

Any eligible employees from prior to 1 March will continue to be eligible, there are no requirements for the remainder of the JobKeeper program.

For reference, the ATO update can be found here.

Kind Regards

The Team

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