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  • How the JobKeeper payment affects income support payments

    The JobKeeper payment is treated as income for the purposes of social security payments.

    If you're receiving income support, you need to report the income you receive through the JobKeeper payment to Services AustraliaExternal Link. This may make you ineligible for the JobSeeker payment or other income support payments.

    We are working with Services Australia to share information to identify instances of the incorrect eligibility for JobKeeper or JobSeeker. If you don't report the income or cancel your JobSeeker payment, you may incur a debt you'll have to repay.

    Example: Employee who has been stood down and applied for income support

    Lowanna worked at a cinema as a permanent full-time employee but has been stood down under the Fair Work Act without pay. She had registered an intent to claim with Services Australia for access to the JobSeeker payment and the Coronavirus supplement. Lowanna is single with no children and in total would be eligible to receive $1,124.50 (before tax) per fortnight from Services Australia.

    Lowanna's employer has decided to enrol for the JobKeeper payment and nominate Lowanna (with her agreement). Lowanna’s employer must pay her $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight. Lowanna's employer is required to advise her that she's been nominated as an eligible employee to receive the payment.

    Services Australia will determine Lowanna isn't eligible for income support from Services Australia as a result of receiving JobKeeper payments from her employer.

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    Last modified: 05 Jun 2020QC 62138