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  • Employers

    If your business is affected by the coronavirus, you may be eligible to access the JobKeeper payment to assist you to be able to continue paying your employees.

    Employers can choose to participate in the scheme and then nominate all the employees they are entitled to claim for. An employer can choose not to participate in the JobKeeper payment.

    Step-by-step instructions

    For information on how to enrol, identify and maintain employees, and make a monthly business declaration, see:

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    Extension of time to enrol to 31 May 2020

    The Jobkeeper payment scheme runs for the fortnights from 30 March until 27 September 2020. You can enrol any time within this period to claim JobKeeper. However, to claim the JobKeeper payment for a fortnight you must enrol before the end of that JobKeeper fortnight. For the initial JobKeeper fortnights, the Commissioner extended the time to enrol until 31 May 2020.

    If you enrolled by 31 May, you will still be able to claim for the fortnights ending in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights. This includes having paid your employees by the appropriate date for each fortnight.

    For the first two fortnights (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April), we will accept the minimum $1,500 payment for each fortnight has been paid by you even if it has been paid late, provided it is paid by you by 8 May. If you do not pay your staff by this date, you will not be able to claim JobKeeper for the first two fortnights.

    You can enrol and claim for JobKeeper earlier if you choose. For example, you can enrol by the end of April to claim JobKeeper payments for the two fortnights in April.

    If you’ve enrolled for the JobKeeper Payment and identified your eligible employees, you need to make a business monthly declaration to the ATO. You will be able to do this from the 1st to the 14th day of each month, to receive reimbursements for the payments you have made to your employees in the previous month.

    For example, the business monthly declaration for reimbursement of JobKeeper payments for the month of May needs to be completed by 14 June.

    Last modified: 28 May 2020QC 62126