If you get income from JobKeeper Payment during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Your employer may pay you JobKeeper Payment. The Australian Taxation Office pays this to your employer if they’re eligible.
What JobKeeper Payment is
JobKeeper Payment helps businesses significantly affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s a payment that helps employers with the costs of their employees’ wages.
The ATO pays JobKeeper Payment to eligible employers. Your employer will tell you if they’re eligible to claim the JobKeeper Payment for you. If they are, they’ll pay it to you as part of your usual wages.
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.
You should speak with your employer if you have any questions about JobKeeper Payment. You don’t need to call or visit us.
What the difference is between JobKeeper Payment and JobSeeker Payment
JobSeeker Payment is an income support payment to support you while you look for work.
Your employer may get JobKeeper Payment if their business is affected by COVID-19. It helps your employer continue to pay your wages. Read more about the differences between the 2 payments.
Getting both JobKeeper Payment and an income support payment
Changes to the JobKeeper Payment rates may mean you can get both JobKeeper Payment and an income support payment. Read more about how these changes may affect you.
You may be able to get JobKeeper Payment income if you’re on parental leave from your employer. However, you can’t get it if you get either of these payments from us:
How your JobKeeper Payment income affects your income support payment
Most income support payments, like JobSeeker Payment, have an income test. We assess your income from all sources and apply this test.
There are different tests depending on your situation. This includes whether you’re single, have a partner or are the principal carer of a child.
If your income in a fortnight goes over specific cut off points, we won’t pay you for that fortnight.
Read about the JobSeeker Payment income test.
Changes to income free area
On 25 September the income free area for JobSeeker Payment increased. This means you can earn more income before it affects your payment.
You can also read more about JobKeeper Payment and income support payments.
Any JobKeeper Payment income is part of your taxable income for Child Support, Family Tax Benefit, and Child Care Subsidy.
If you get an income support payment, you must report any JobKeeper Payment income you or your partner get. If you don’t, we’ll pay you too much and you may get a Centrelink debt.
If your income is too high, we may give you a lower rate or stop your payment for that fortnight.
Read more about how to calculate and report JobKeeper Payment income.
Mutual obligation requirements
You may need to meet mutual obligation requirements if you get JobKeeper Payment and an income support payment. This is because some income support payments, such as JobSeeker Payment, are for supporting people while they look for work.
You may be exempt in certain circumstances. Talk to your employment services provider, if you have one, or call us on your regular payment line.
If you’re a sole trader or self-employed, you may be exempt from mutual obligations requirements.
When your situation changes and you can’t get JobKeeper Payment income
Your JobKeeper Payment 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.
Read more about getting JobSeeker Payment when your JobKeeper Payment ends.
What other payments you can get
JobSeeker Payment is financial support while you look for work. JobKeeper Payment is a wage subsidy for businesses significantly impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
JobKeeper Payment rates and eligibility changed from 28 September 2020. This may mean you can get both JobKeeper Payment and an income support payment, such as JobSeeker Payment, from us.
Find out how your JobKeeper Payment affects income support payments.
Page last updated: 3 March 2021
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