Employees: All you need to know about the JobKeeper Wage Subsidy

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April 8, 2020

If you are an employee. you will receive a notification from your employer that they are receiving the JobKeeper Payment. Most of you will need to do nothing further.

The following circumstances will have additional obligations.

  • Employees that have multiple employers must notify the employer that is their primary employer.
  • Employees that are not Australian citizens must notify their employer of their visa status, to allow their employer to determine if they are an eligible employee.
  • Employees that are currently in receipt of, or have applied for, an income support payment should advise Services Australia of their change in circumstances online at my.gov.au or by telephone.

Let Recap what the JobKeeper Payment is

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a wage subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees.

Eligible employees will receive a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight, before tax.

It will be up to the employer if they want to pay superannuation on any additional wage paid because of JobKeeper Payments.

Eligible employees include

  • Australian citizens
  • holder of a permanent visa
  • Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder.
  • Full time and part time employees, including stood down employees
  • Casuals employees (must be with employer for at least the previous 12 months)

You will not be eligible for the JobKeeper payment if you are receiving Parental Leave Pay from Services Australia (Centrelink). However, you will be eligible if you are on parental leave from your employer.

If you are receiving workers compensation you will be eligible for the JobKeeper payment if you are working, for example on reduced hours, but will generally not be eligible if you are not working.

How you will get paid

  • If you ordinarily receive $1,500 or more in income per fortnight before tax, you will continue to receive your regular income according to the prevailing workplace arrangements. The JobKeeper Payments will subsidise part or all of your income
  • If you ordinarily receive less than $1,500 in income per fortnight before tax, your employer must pay you, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax
  • If you have been stood down, your employer must pay you, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax
  • If you were employed on 1 March 2020, subsequently ceased employment and then were re-engaged by the same eligible employer, you will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax

More information to come as we continue to receive updates from the Government.


In these challenging times it is important that you seek advice if needed and should you have queries about the new tax measures and how it impact you, we can be reached here.

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