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    How payment is made

    The JobKeeper payment is paid to your employer. You will continue to receive salary or wages from your employer and we will reimburse your employer after they have paid you.

    If you are an eligible employee and your employer is claiming the JobKeeper payment to subsidise your salary or wages, you will receive a minimum of $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight.

    Normally earning less than $1,500 per fortnight

    If you are eligible and normally receive less than $1,500 in income (before tax) per fortnight, your employer must pay you at least $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight in order to receive the JobKeeper payment.

    Your employer will likely continue paying you your ordinary income and provide a ‘top-up’ so you receive at least $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight.

    If you are stood down or have reduced hours

    If you normally earn more than $1,500 but are stood down or working reduced hours, such that your ordinary income is nil (that is, stood down) or less than $1,500 (that is, reduced hours) per fortnight before tax, then your employer must pay you at least $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight in order to receive the JobKeeper payment.

    Normally earning more than $1,500 per fortnight

    If you are eligible and receive $1,500 or more in income (before tax) per fortnight, you may continue to receive your regular income according to your current workplace arrangements. The JobKeeper payment will assist your employer by subsidising part of your income.

    Example: Employer with five employees who all currently get paid more than $1,500 per fortnight

    Taiyo runs a landscaping company, and employs five full-time gardeners. Taiyo is paying his employees $1,700 (before tax) per fortnight. He expects that his GST turnover will fall by more than 30% over the coming months and that he will either need to lay staff off, or reduce their hours significantly.

    As a result of the JobKeeper payment, Taiyo is able to keep employing every gardener at $1,700 per fortnight, with the JobKeeper payment subsidising these wage costs by $1,500 per fortnight.

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