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  • Eligible employees

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    Work out if you are an eligible employee

    You are an eligible employee if you:

    • are currently employed by the eligible employer (including if you were stood down or re-hired)
    • were for the eligible employer (or another entity in their wholly owned group), either a:
      • full-time, part-time or fixed-term employees at 1 March 2020
      • long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months) as at 1 March 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer
    • 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)
    • were either:
      • an Australian resident (within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991) – visit the Services Australia website and read residence descriptionsExternal Link for more details
      • an Australian resident for the purpose of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the holder of a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa as at 1 March 2020
    • were not in receipt of any of these payments during the JobKeeper fortnight:
      • government parental leave or Dad and partner pay under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010
      • a payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual's total incapacity for work.

    If you started work with your current employer after 1 March 2020, your employer will not be eligible to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf.

    If you aren’t eligible to be paid JobKeeper payments by your employer, you may be able to apply for support through Services AustraliaExternal Link depending on your personal circumstances.

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    If you are nominated by your employer

    It is optional for your employer to participate in the JobKeeper Payment scheme. If they do not participate in the scheme, you cannot be nominated by them.

    If your employer chooses to participate in the JobKeeper Payment scheme, and you are an eligible employee, they must provide you with a JobKeeper payment – employee nomination notice. Find out about this at Employers. It is important to return the employee nomination notice to your employer as soon as possible in order for them to make a JobKeeper claim for you.

    Your employer will not be able to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if:

    • you do not agree to be nominated
    • you do not return your employee nomination notice before they make a claim for you
    • they, or you, do not meet the eligibility criteria.

    Once you and your employer have agreed they are claiming the JobKeeper payment on your behalf, they will enrol to receive the payment from us.

    Employees on a fixed-term contract

    Fixed-term contractors are eligible for the JobKeeper payment if they were employed at 1 March 2020 and meet the other eligibility criteria for the JobKeeper payment. If your contract ends and is renewed before 27 September 2020, the JobKeeper payment will only be available for the fortnights where the employment relationship exists until 27 September 2020.

    Employees with multiple employers

    If you have multiple employers, only one employer can claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf. Your employers may ask you to tell them if you agree to be nominated as an eligible employee of theirs to receive the JobKeeper payment.

    If you are employed by more than one employer, you should contact your employers and tell them which employer you want to receive the JobKeeper payment from.

    If you are a long-term casual and you have other permanent employment, you must choose your permanent employer – you cannot be nominated by your casual employer.

    Employees who were stood down or terminated

    If you were stood down after 1 March 2020, your employer will be able to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if you both meet the eligibility criteria including that your employer starts paying you a minimum of $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight.

    If you were terminated after 1 March 2020, your employer may choose to re-engage you and claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if you both meet the eligibility criteria.

    If you have taken up other work after being stood down, you may earn additional income without your eligible employer’s JobKeeper payment being affected. As long as you are eligible and maintain your employment (including being stood down) with your JobKeeper-eligible employer (including receiving $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight from them). However, you can only nominate one employer to receive the JobKeeper payment from.

    Example: Employee made redundant after 1 March and later re-hired by same business

    Sanjay worked as a permanent part-time personal trainer at a gym for six months earning $1,200 a fortnight and was made redundant on 20 March 2020.

    In response to the announcement of the JobKeeper payment, the gym re-engages Sanjay so they are well placed to resume their operations once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

    Under the JobKeeper Payment scheme, Sanjay will receive $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight from the gym. Sanjay will need to advise Services Australia of his income. Services Australia will determine he is no longer eligible for the JobSeeker payment and the Coronavirus Supplement from Services Australia as a result of receiving payment from his employer.

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    Last modified: 02 May 2020QC 62136