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  • Keeping JobKeeper payment fair

    We’re working hard to maintain the integrity of the JobKeeper stimulus measure through our compliance approach. We are able to identify fraudulent behaviour and claims relating to ineligible employees and businesses. Some behaviours that are attracting our attention include:

    • payments to people who do not meet the eligibility requirements or are not employees,
    • falsifying records or revising activity statements to meet the fall in turnover test,
    • applying for JobKeeper where there is no evidence of carrying on a business or there is no assessable income from carrying on a business,
    • employers failing to pass on the full $1500 JobKeeper payment to eligible employees,
    • multiple eligible business participant claims,
    • employees being incorrectly excluded under the one-in-all-in rule
    • There are penalties for making false claims and not complying with your obligations
    • We will also focus our attention on the application of the decline in turnover test. This will include examining situations where actual and projected turnover have significantly diverged.
    • We encourage all JobKeeper applicants to review their applications and contact us if they have made any errors or an honest mistake. We have a limited discretion in relation to overpayments which we can exercise in certain circumstances.

    If you have questions about workplace entitlements and obligations in relation to the JobKeeper Payment scheme (for example if you feel that your hours or terms and conditions have been inappropriately changed), the Fair Work Commission has released guidance on how it can assist with JobKeeper disputesExternal Link.

    If you are concerned that someone is doing the wrong thing in relation to JobKeeper payment, you can tell us about it. We will be examining JobKeeper Tip-Offs and contacting employers where we have concerns and need to verify issues. To report illegal or behaviour of concern, see Making a tip off.

    Where you are concerned that you have been incorrectly excluded from JobKeeper in breach of the one-in-all-in rule, we encourage you first to discuss with your employer. If you continue to have concerns, please contact us on the JobKeeper tip- off line.

    Last modified: 19 Jun 2020QC 62937