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Changes to JobKeeper Eligibility

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

The eligibility criteria for your employees depends on the JobKeeper fortnight.

From 3 August 2020, you may be able to nominate new employees as eligible employees for the JobKeeper scheme. These new employees must have been employed by you on 1 July 2020 and meet the other eligibility criteria. This can include employees that:

  • you employed after 1 March 2020

  • were employed by you on 1 March 2020 but were not eligible employees for fortnights ending on or before 2 August 2020, for example, because they only turned 18 after 1 March 2020.

31 August 2020 – wage condition for new employees

For the fortnights commencing on 3 August 2020 and 17 August 2020, we are allowing employers until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for all new eligible employees included in the Jobkeeper scheme under the 1 July eligibility test.

31 August 2020 – enrolments close for August fortnights

To claim JobKeeper payments for the August JobKeeper fortnights, including for new eligible employees included in the Jobkeeper scheme under the 1 July eligibility test, you must enrol for JobKeeper by 31 August.

For more information, please contact our office or check the ATO website. https://www.ato.gov.au/general/JobKeeper-Payment

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