The Federal Government announced that the JobKeeper subsidy will be extended until March, but with reduced rates and a new turnover test. The JobSeeker supplement will continue until 31 December 2020, and has also been reduced.
The JobKeeper will change to a two-tiered payments system based on number of hours worked within a week.
|Date||Full rate per fortnight||Less than 20hrs worked per fortnight rate|
|28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021||$1,200||$750|
|4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021||$1,000||$650|
Businesses will now need to prove financial hardship on a quarterly basis. GST Turnover quarters ending in June and September will be compared to the same period in 2019. Businesses with aggregated turnover of $1 billion or less will need to show a 30% decline. Large Businesses, those with aggregated turnover of more than $1 billion, will need to show a 50% reduction. For charities, a reduction of 15% is required. To qualify for the 4 Jan – 28 Mar assistance package, Businesses will need to be tested again for the quarter ending 31 December 2020.
If this is not an appropriate test to prove a decline in turnover, the Commissioner of Taxation can be contacted to determine an alternative test.
There are no changes to employee eligibility, and self-employed people continue to be eligible for JobKeeper if they meet the turnover test, and are not a permanent employee of another employer.
Further details can be obtained from the Government’s Factsheet: Extension of the JobKeeper Payment.
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