How changes to JobKeeper payment may affect you

21 July 2020

The Australian Government is now extending JobKeeper payment to 28 March 2021.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) pays JobKeeper wage subsidy directly to your employer if they’re eligible. It was going to end in late September 2020.

The Australian Government is now extending JobKeeper payment to 28 March 2021.

There will be changes to payment rates and eligibility rules.

From 28 September 2020, the JobKeeper payment will reduce from $1,500 to $1,200 per fortnight. This rate will reduce to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 January 2021.

Reduced JobKeeper payments will also apply for employees who have worked less than 20 hours a week on average during February 2020. From 28 September 2020, the payment will be $750 per fortnight with a further reduction to $650 per fortnight from 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021.

Businesses will need to reassess their eligibility for the scheme.

If you already get JobKeeper payment and a payment from us

If you already get JobKeeper payment, you don’t need to do anything differently.

Keep in mind, you still need to report your JobKeeper income to us each fortnight.

You also need to tell us about any changes to your circumstances including your work or personal details.

As your JobKeeper payment is reduced, you may be able to get some income support. We’ll work this out based on your circumstances.

If you don’t get JobKeeper payment now

If you’re not getting JobKeeper payment, you can speak to your employer to check if you can get it.

If you start getting JobKeeper payment, you’ll need to report this income to us.

Page last updated: 22 July 2020