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  • 23 July 2020

JobKeeper

What’s changed?

JobKeeper measures will continue through to March 2021 however payment amounts have been reduced.

December 2020 quarter

Employers can access $1200 per fortnight for eligible full-time employees and $750 per fortnight for part-time and casual employees. Organisations will be required to demonstrate a reduction in turnover for both the June & September quarters to qualify for payments.

March 2021 quarter

Employers can access $1000 per fortnight for eligible full-time employees and $650 per fortnight for part-time and casual employees. Organisations will be required to demonstrate a consecutive reduction in turnover for the three previous quarters to 31 December 2020 in order to qualify for payments.

Sole traders and not-for-profit entities will continue to be eligible for payments under the scheme if they continue to satisfy the new eligibilty requirements.

What do I need to do?

Organisations already receiving JobKeeper payments will need to re-test to prove a decline in turnover at the end of September to continue receiving payments.

JobSeeker

What’s changed?

JobSeeker measures will also continue through to March 2021 and see a reduction in payment amounts.

The JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement will be reduced from $550 per fortnight to $250 per fortnight from 25 September 2020. However, individuals will be able to earn $300 per fortnight before their JobSeeker payment is affected.

Those receiving JobSeeker will be required to actively look for work to continue receiving payments from August.

Future announcements regarding the future of JobSeeker are expected in the coming months.

What do I need to do?

If you are currently receiving a JobSeeker payment you will be required to connect with employment services and complete four job searches per month from August. You will also be required to accept a position if one is offered to you or penalties will apply.

JobTrainer

What’s changed?

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy already available to small businesses has been expanded to include medium-sized businesses who have employed a trainee or apprentice from 1 July 2020. This payment will be available until March 2021.

Eligible employers will receive a subsidy of up to 50% of each trainee’s wage up to $7000, paid each quarter.

Businesses must be using a Group Training Organisation or have employees completing an Australian Apprenticeship to be eligible and employ

  • Up to 20 people to be classed as a small business; or
  • Up to 199 people to be classed as a medium business.

What do I need to do?

Small businesses can continue to receive JobTrainer payments. Medium sized businesses can start claiming the subsidy from 1 October 2020.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have questions about your eligibility for these subsidies.

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