The current JobKeeper program which runs until 27 September 2020 has had recent updates to eligibility requirements. 

We recommend you reassess the eligibility of any of your employees who are not currently claiming JobKeeper payments as they may now qualify.

Update to employee eligibility
From 3 August 2020 the required date of employment for eligible employees will move from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020, increasing eligibility for more employees to access both the existing scheme and JobKeeper 2.0.

These include:

  • Full- time, part-time or fixed-term employees at 1 July 2020 with a commencement period between 2 March 2020 and 1 July 2020.
  • Long-term casual employees as at 1 July 2020 with a commencement period between 2 March 2019 and 1 July 2019.

All other employee eligibility criteria as part of the original scheme remains unchanged.

JobKeeper fortnights
The change in employee eligibility is from 3 August 2020 being the following JobKeeper fortnight:

  • Period relating to each JobKeeper fortnight 3 August - 16 August
  • Employees are paid on or before - 16 August. 

To claim JobKeeper payments for the August JobKeeper fortnights, you must have enrolled for JobKeeper and identified your eligible employees by 31 August.

Provide JobKeeper nomination notice for any staff that are now eligible
Any employee who now meets the eligibility criteria due to the changes would be required to be provided with the nomination notice asking them if they agree to be nominated and receive payments from you as part of the scheme.

Pay your employees
Once you have determined if you have any additional employees now eligible for JobKeeper and received completed nomination forms, you must pay them at least $1,500 per JobKeeper fortnight.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper or please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.