The Australian Government is adjusting the JobKeeper Payment to ensure that businesses and employees can access the help they need as the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves.
The turnover tests for the JobKeeper Payment extension period will be amended to be based on actual turnover in the September quarter (for 28 September 2020 -3 January 2021), and actual turnover in the December quarter (for 4 January -28 March 2021).
The reference date for assessing employee eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will also change from 1 March to 1 July 2020. This means that the JobKeeper payment can be claimed for employees who started after 1 March, or casual employees who have worked for the same employer on a regular basis for 12 months as at 1 July 2020.
On 21 July, the Australian Government extended the JobKeeper Payment and the Coronavirus Supplement for those impacted by COVID-19.
JobKeeper Payments will be extended by six months to 28 March 2021, and the Coronavirus Supplement will be extended until 31 December 2020.
Both payments will have adjusted rates and people must meet eligibility requirements, some of which will be updated.
These payments are also available to new eligible participants. If you already get the JobKeeper Payment or the Coronavirus Supplement, there’s nothing you need to do right now.