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    Key dates and actions for employers  

    • 28 September 2020 – The JobKeeper extension starts and the payment rates change for your eligible employees. See, payment rates.
    • Between 1 and 14 October 2020 – complete the October JobKeeper monthly business declaration so you can be reimbursed for September fortnights.
    • Between 1 and 31 October 2020 – check and submit the business actual decline in turnover to us online to be eligible for JobKeeper extension 1. See, actual decline in turnover test.
    • 31 October 2020 – for the JobKeeper fortnights from 28 September 2020 and 12 October 2020 only, we are allowing employers until 31 October 2020 to meet the wage condition.
    • Between 1 and 14 November – complete a monthly business declaration and tell us the payment tier being claimed for each eligible employee.
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    Key dates

    31 October 2020 – wage condition for JobKeeper extension 1

    For the JobKeeper fortnights starting 28 September 2020 and 12 October 2020 only, we are allowing employers until 31 October 2020 to meet the wage condition for all employees included in the JobKeeper scheme.

    30 September 2020 – enrolments close for September fortnights

    To claim payments for the September JobKeeper fortnights, you must enrol by 30 September.

    28 September 2020 – JobKeeper extension 1 starts

    From 28 September 2020, the JobKeeper scheme is extended. The first extension covers the JobKeeper fortnights between 28 September 2020 and 3 January 2021. To claim JobKeeper payments for this period, you will need to:

    • show that your actual GST turnover has declined in the September 2020 quarter relative to a comparable period (generally the corresponding quarter in 2019). See the actual decline in turnover test.
    • have satisfied the original decline in turnover test. However, if you  
      • were entitled to receive JobKeeper for fortnights before 28 September, you have already satisfied the original decline in turnover test
      • are enrolling in JobKeeper for the first time from 28 September 2020, if you satisfy the actual decline in turnover test, you will also satisfy the original decline in turnover test (except for certain universities). You can enrol on that basis.
       
    • pay your eligible employees at least the JobKeeper amount that applies to them each JobKeeper fortnight. For JobKeeper extension 1, this will be either $1,200 for tier 1 or $750 for tier 2.
    • tell us whether the tier 1 (higher) or tier 2 (lower) payment rate applies to each eligible employee, eligible business participant or eligible religious practitioner. If you are already enrolled in JobKeeper and eligible for the extension, you do this in your business monthly declaration in November.

    You must also tell your eligible employees, eligible business participant or eligible religious practitioners which payment rate applies to them within 7 days of notifying us of their payment rate.

    Business monthly declaration

    You must identify your eligible employees, eligible business participant or eligible religious practitioners each month before making your business monthly declaration.

    Make your business monthly declaration between the 1st and 14th of each month to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month. For example, to be reimbursed for JobKeeper payments paid to your employees in August you should complete your declaration by 14 September.

    Enrolling after September

    You can enrol for JobKeeper until the program closes, provided you meet the eligibility requirements. You will need to enrol by the end of each month to claim reimbursements for JobKeeper fortnights in that month.

    20 July 2020 – changes for child care providers

    From 20 July, eligibility for JobKeeper payments stopped for:

    • employees of an approved provider of child care services where the employee's ordinary duties mean they are principally engaged in the operation of the child care centre
    • eligible business participants where the business entity is an approved provider of a child care service.

    More information is available in our JobKeeper guides.

    JobKeeper fortnights

    JobKeeper Fortnight

    Period relating to each JobKeeper Fortnight

    Employees are paid on or before

    12

    31 August – 13 September

    13 September

    13

    14 September – 27 September

    27 September

    14

    28 September – 11 October

    31 October

    15

    12 October – 25 October

    31 October

    16

    26 October – 8 November

    8 November

    17

    9 November – 22 November

    22 November

    18

    23 November – 6 December

    6 December

    19

    7 December – 20 December

    20 December

    20

    21 December – 3 January 2021

    3 January 2021

    When paying eligible employees, you do not need to adjust your pay cycle through your existing payroll solution.

    If you usually pay your employees less frequently than fortnightly, the payment can be allocated between fortnights in a reasonable manner.

    Past dates and fortnights

    Enrolments closed for past fortnights

    You can no longer enrol for the JobKeeper payment to claim for fortnights ending on or before 30 August 2020.

    Past JobKeeper fortnights

    JobKeeper Fortnight

    Period relating to each JobKeeper Fortnight

    Employees are paid on or before

    1

    30 March – 12 April

    8 May

    2

    13 April – 26 April

    8 May

    3

    27 April – 10 May

    10 May

    4

    11 May – 24 May

    24 May

    5

    25 May – 7 June

    7 June

    6

    8 June – 21 June

    21 June

    7

    22 June – 5 July

    5 July

    8

    6 July – 19 July

    19 July

    9

    20 July – 2 August

    2 August

    10

    3 August – 16 August

    16 August

    (31 August for newly eligible employees)

    11

    17 August – 30 August

    30 August

    (31 August for newly eligible employees)

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