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  • JobKeeper: information for employees

    How JobKeeper works

    The JobKeeper Payment supports businesses affected by coronavirus. It is a wage subsidy, which means it is paid to your employer to help cover the cost of wages they have already paid to some employees.

    You do not claim the JobKeeper Payment. If your employer is eligible, they can choose to apply.

    First, the employer pays the employee. Then the ATO pays the employer.

    JobKeeper extension

    The JobKeeper Payment has been extended, and from 28 September some changes apply. You don’t need to contact the ATO. Your employer will tell you if they are eligible.

    What you need to do as an employee

    Employees do not phone or contact the ATO. They need to speak to their employer.

    Talk to your employer

    The JobKeeper Payment is paid to some employers that have been impacted by coronavirus, for wages they have paid to some employees. It is not paid to employees.

    If you want to know if your employer is participating in the JobKeeper scheme, you need to ask your employer. Only your employer can give you this information.

    If your employer is already in JobKeeper and participating in the extension, you do not need to do anything. Your employer will let us know – you don’t need to contact the ATO.

    Complete a nomination form

    Your employer may ask you to fill in an employee nomination form. They need you to complete a nomination form so that they can claim JobKeeper for wages they have paid to you.

    If you have more than one job, you can only nominate one employer. If one of your jobs is a casual job, you can only nominate your permanent employer and not your casual employer.

    The employer that you give your nomination form to will tell us if they are claiming for you. You don’t need to contact the ATO.

    That is all you need to do. Everything else is managed by your employer.

    JobKeeper rates

    Before 28 September 2020, the amount of JobKeeper Payment your employer can receive for wages they have paid to you is $1,500 per fortnight.

    From 28 September 2020, the amount of JobKeeper Payment your employer can receive for wages they have paid to you is generally based on how many hours you worked (including paid leave or paid public holidays) in either of the following periods:

    • the 4 weeks (28 days) of pay periods before 1 March 2020, or
    • the 4 weeks (28 days) of pay periods before 1 July 2020.

    If you worked 80 hours or more in the relevant period your employer will receive the higher tier 1 rate. If you worked fewer than 80 hours they will receive a lower tier 2 rate.

    Helpful reminders

    • Tell your employer straight away if any of the information you gave on your employee nomination form changes.
    • Be scam safe. The ATO will not phone you to ask about JobKeeper.
    • JobKeeper is not a payment that you receive as an employee. It is received by your employer to reimburse them for wages they have paid to you.
    • If you need any help, talk to your employer.

    Other support

    • If your employer is not eligible for JobKeeper, you may be eligible for other income support such as JobSeeker. For further advice, see Services AustraliaExternal Link.
    • If you have any disputes with your employer about JobKeeper directions or agreements, talk to the Fair Work CommissionExternal Link.
    • Under the Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions, the Fair Work Ombudsman can help you with disputes about JobKeeper enabling directions by employers – for example, if you disagree with a request to reduce your hours. For more information, visit the Fair Work Australia website and read JobKeeper enabling stand-down directionsExternal Link.
    Last modified: 16 Sep 2020QC 62134