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  • How the JobKeeper payment affects income support payments

    The JobKeeper payment is treated as income for the purposes of social security payments. If you are receiving income support, you will need to report the income you receive through the JobKeeper payment to Services AustraliaExternal Link. This may make you ineligible for the JobSeeker payment or other income support payments. The ATO and Services Australia are working together to share information to identify instances of the incorrect eligibility for JobKeeper or JobSeeker. If you do not report the income or cancel your JobSeeker payment, you may incur a debt that you will be required to pay back.

    Example: Employee who has been stood down and applied for income support

    Lowanna works at a cinema as a permanent full-time employee, but she has been stood down under the Fair Work Act without pay. Lowanna had registered an intent to claim with Services Australia for access to the JobSeeker payment and the Coronavirus supplement. Lowanna is single, with no children and in total she would be eligible to receive $1,124.50 (before tax) per fortnight from Services Australia.

    Lowanna's employer has decided to enrol for the JobKeeper payment and nominate Lowanna (with her agreement). Lowanna’s employer must pay her $1,500 (before tax) per fortnight. Lowanna's employer is required to advise her that she has been nominated as an eligible employee to receive the payment.

    Services Australia will determine that Lowanna is not eligible for income support from Services Australia as a result of receiving payments from her employer.

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    Last modified: 19 Apr 2020QC 62138