If you get JobKeeper payment

Your employer may pay you through the JobKeeper payment scheme. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) pays this payment to your employer if they’re eligible. Your employer then pays you.

If you get an income support payment, you need to report any income you get through JobKeeper payment.

What JobKeeper payment is

JobKeeper payment helps businesses significantly affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). It helps with the costs of employees’ wages.

Your employer will tell you if they’re eligible. If they are, they’ll pay you JobKeeper payment as part of your usual wages. Talk to your employer to find out if they’re going to pay you through the JobKeeper payment scheme. You don’t need to call or visit us.

Read more about JobKeeper payment for employees on the ATO website.

What happens if you get an income support payment from us

Most people can’t get both:

Check with your employer first to see if they’re getting JobKeeper payment. If you get JobKeeper payment from your employer, you may earn too much to get a payment from us.

If you’ve already applied for an income support payment you can withdraw your claim using your Centrelink online account.

If you already get an income support payment you must report income you and your partner earn. This will reduce your risk of an overpayment or debt you have to pay back.

Keep in mind, you can’t get JobKeeper payment from your employer if you get either of these payments from us:

When you need to report JobKeeper payment income to us

Money your employer pays you through the JobKeeper payment scheme is income.

If you get an income support payment from us, you need to report any income you or your partner get. This includes JobKeeper payment. If you don’t report it, we’ll pay you too much and you may have a debt to pay back.

When you report income, we may reduce or stop your payment if your income is too high.

You should also include JobKeeper payment in your income estimate for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy.

Read about getting Jobkeeper payment how to report JobKeeper payment income.

When your situation changes and you can’t get JobKeeper payment

Your payments may stop if your employer is no longer eligible or you cease working for your employer.

If this is the case, you may be able to get a payment from us.

Other payments you can get

We have tools you can use to check what payment is right for you. You can use our guide on how to get a payment or Payment and Service Finder.

Where to find out more about JobKeeper payment

You can find out about the JobKeeper payment scheme on the ATO website.

Page last updated: 6 August 2020