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    • The JobKeeper wage subsidy is paid monthly in arrears. For example, the September payments should be claimed from us in early October.
    • You need to have paid your eligible employees at least the relevant JobKeeper amount for each fortnight being claimed.
    • We recognise the importance of making timely JobKeeper payments, but also remain committed to ensuring they are only made to those that are eligible.

    Find out how to enrol and get JobKeeper payments:

    Key points

    • You can enrol at any time until the program closes, and you only need to enrol once.
    • If you have already enrolled for JobKeeper, you do not need to re-enrol for the JobKeeper extension. Employees do not need to complete another nomination notice.
    • You will need to check your actual decline in turnover for continuing eligibility from 1 October 2020 and again from 1 January 2021. Once confirmed, you will need to submit this information to us online.
    • By the 14th of each month – complete Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month.
    • You should make updates to your employees' eligibility (including where you will no longer be receiving JobKeeper payments) using the 'Maintain employees' function as part of your business monthly declaration.
    • If you are not participating in the JobKeeper extension, there is no further action you need to take after your final declaration to be reimbursed for September payments.

    Before you enrol

    Check your business is eligible

    Check your business meets the eligibility requirements, including the decline in turnover tests.

    Consider whether to nominate yourself as an eligible business participant

    Consider whether you will nominate yourself, the sole trader, as an eligible business participant. If you are nominating yourself as the eligible business participant, determine the payment rate you are eligible to claim.

    Set up your systems

    Choose whether to use ATO online services or the Business Portal:

    Get advice if you need it

    Get advice from your registered tax or BAS agent if you need help. They can enrol, identify and declare for JobKeeper on your behalf using Online services for agents.

    If you find it difficult to interact with us online and don't use a registered tax or BAS agent, you can phone us for help.

    Check if your employees are eligible

    Check your employees meet the eligibility requirements and the JobKeeper fortnights for which they meet them.

    Determine the payment rate you are eligible to claim for each of your eligible employees. You must pay your eligible employees at least the JobKeeper amount in the JobKeeper fortnight to claim the JobKeeper payment for that fortnight.

    If you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for employees you let go or stood down, you need to re-hire or re-engage them and pay them.

    Notify all your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper payment on their behalf. Check with them that they aren't claiming the JobKeeper payment through another employer or business.

    Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to all your eligible employees. They need to complete it and return it to you before you claim JobKeeper payments for them.

    You can either:

    Make sure you keep the completed notices on file.

    Next step:

      Last modified: 21 Oct 2020QC 62204