The temporary Coronavirus Supplement, in place since April 2020, will end on 31 March 2021.
On 23 February 2021, the government announced that from 1 April 2021 the rate of working-age payments, including JobSeeker Payment, will permanently increase by $50 per fortnight.
The income free area will also be increased to $150 per fortnight for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance for job seekers. Mutual obligations will also be changed from 1 April 2021.
The Australian Government is extending the JobKeeper Payment to ensure that businesses and employees can access the help they need.
From 28 September, eligible businesses will need to meet the new turnover tests for the JobKeeper Payment which will be based on actual turnover, not projected turnover. Eligible businesses will also need to submit their business declarations by the 14th of each month.
The reference date for assessing employee eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will also change from 1 March to 1 July 2020. This means that JobKeeper payments can be claimed for employees who started after 1 March 2020, 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.