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  • Employee test requirements

    To work out if you are an eligible employee you must satisfy two tests at different times:

    • either the 1 July 2020 test or the 1 March 2020 test (depending on the JobKeeper fortnight for which your employer is claiming), and
    • the JobKeeper fortnight test.

    For JobKeeper fortnights ended on or before 2 August 2020, you must satisfy the 1 March test (and other eligibility criteria) to be an eligible employee.

    For JobKeeper fortnights starting on or after 3 August 2020, you must satisfy other eligibility criteria and either:

    • have been an eligible employee for a JobKeeper fortnight ended on or before 2 August 2020 using the 1 March test, or
    • satisfy the 1 July test.

    You also need to give your employer a JobKeeper employee nomination notice.

    1 July 2020 test

    To satisfy this test you must have met all the following on 1 July 2020:

    • you were either a  
      • non-casual employee (full-time, part-time or fixed-term)
      • long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis during the 12 month period that ended 1 July) and, at the time you provide your employee nomination notice, you were not a permanent employee of any other employer
    • you were 18 years or older (if you were 16 or 17 you can also qualify if you were independent or not studying full-time on 1 July 2020)
    • you are an Australian resident within the meaning of section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991 or you were both
      • a tax resident of Australia for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, and
      • the holder of a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa.

    More information is available on the residency requirement.

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    1 March 2020 test

    To satisfy this test you must have met all the following on 1 March 2020:

    • You were either a  
      • non-casual employee (full-time, part-time, or fixed term)
      • long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis during the 12-month period that ended 1 March) and, at the time you provide your employee nomination notice, you were not a permanent employee of any other employer
      • you were aged 18 years or older at 1 March 2020. If you were 16 or 17 you can also qualify for fortnights before 11 May 2020 and continue to qualify after that if you are
        • independent, or
        • not undertaking full-time study
    • You were an Australian resident within the meaning of section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991 or you were both
      • a tax resident of Australia for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, and
      • the holder of a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa.

    More information is available on the residency requirement.

    If you didn't satisfy these requirements on 1 March 2020, you are not considered to be an eligible employee for fortnights ending on, or before, 2 August 2020.

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      Last modified: 16 Sep 2020QC 62133