20.04.20 — Part 2 JobKeeper Payment Rules for Employers and Employees

Joshua Easton

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The JobKeeper Payment will support employers to maintain their connection to their employees.

These connections will enable business to reactivate their operations quickly — without having to rehire staff — when the crisis is over. 


  • The JobKeeper scheme starts on 30 March 2020 and ends on 27 September 2020.
  • A business that has suffered a substantial decline in turnover can be entitled to a JobKeeper payment of $1,500 per fortnight for each eligible employee.
  • It is a condition of entitlement that the business has paid salary and wages of at least that amount to the employee in the fortnight.
  • A business can also be entitled to a JobKeeper payment of $1,500 per fortnight for one business participant who is actively engaged in operating the business.
  • The JobKeeper scheme is administered by the Commissioner of Taxation.
  • The Commissioner pays the JobKeeper payment to entities shortly after the end of each calendar month, for fortnights ending in that month.
  • Some of the administrative arrangements for the scheme are set out in the Act.