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 Payment directly to your employer if they’re eligible. It was going to end in late September 2020.

There will be changes to payment rates and eligibility rules.

The JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight is available until 27 September 2020. It’s been extended from 28 September 2020 until 3 January 2021 at a rate of $1,200 per fortnight. There will be a further extension from 4 January to 28 March 2021 at a rate of $1,000 per fortnight.

The extension of JobKeeper Payment will also apply for employees who’ve worked less than 20 hours a week in either:

  • the 4 weeks of pay periods before 1 March 2020
  • the 4 weeks of pay periods before 1 July 2020.

From 28 September 2020, the payment will be $750 per fortnight. There will be a further extension from 4 January to 28 March 2021 at a rate of $650 per fortnight.

Businesses will need to reassess their eligibility for JobKeeper Payment.

Talk to your employer to find out if they’re going to pay you JobKeeper Payment.

If your employment situation has changed, your current employer can nominate you for JobKeeper Payment. They can do this even if you were getting JobKeeper Payment from your previous employer. However, you can only get JobKeeper Payment from one employer at any given time.

Your JobKeeper Payments may stop if your employer is no longer eligible or you stop working for them. Talk to your employer about how these changes will impact your job and your income.

You should also speak with your employer if you have any questions about JobKeeper Payment. You don’t need to call or visit us.

If you already get JobKeeper Payment and an income support 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 aren’t 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: 11 September 2020