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  • Extension of the JobKeeper Payment

    The JobKeeper Payment has been extended and is available for eligible businesses and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021.

    The key changes include:

    • the program’s extension until 28 March 2021
    • a new requirement to demonstrate a decline in actual GST turnover relative to a comparable period
    • changes to JobKeeper payment rates for employees based on the total hours worked during their reference period.

    If you are already receiving JobKeeper payments for your employees:

    • you don’t need to do anything different until 28 September 2020
    • continue to pay all eligible employees $1,500 per fortnight (before tax) up to and including JobKeeper Fortnight 13, which ends on 27 September 2020.

    From 28 September 2020, there will be a tier 1 and a tier 2 JobKeeper payment rate. You will need to nominate the rate you are claiming for each of your eligible employees and/or business participants.

    • From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, the tier 1 rate will be $1,200 per fortnight, and the tier 2 rate will be $750 per fortnight.
    • From 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021, the tier 1 rate will be $1,000 per fortnight, and the tier 2 rate will be $650 per fortnight.

    Ensure you pay your eligible employees the right amounts to be reimbursed when you make your monthly business declarations.

    If you expect you may no longer be eligible for JobKeeper payments from 28 September 2020, encourage your employees to check what financial assistance they may be eligible for from Services AustraliaExternal Link.

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    Last modified: 18 Sep 2020QC 63711