From 3 August 2020, the eligibility tests for employees were changed to enable a greater number of employees to access JobKeeper.
Previously, an employee had to be employed by the relevant entity on 1 March 2020 to be eligible for JobKeeper payments. Someone employed on a casual basis on that date also must have been employed on a regular and systemic basis for the 12-month period leading up to 1 March 2020.
Now, employees who were previously ineligible for JobKeeper because they were not employed by the entity on 1 March 2020 may be able to receive JobKeeper payments if they were employed by the entity on 1 July 2020 and can fulfil all other eligibility requirements. If an employee already passed all the relevant conditions at 1 March 2020 then they don’t need to be re-tested using the 1 July 2020 test date.
To be eligible, the employee must, as at 1 July 2020 (previously 1 March 2020):
- be aged 16 years and over and, if aged 16 or 17, be financial independent or not undertaking full-time study; and
- be an employee other than a casual, or a long term casual1; and
- be an Australian resident under the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991, or a resident for tax purposes and hold a Subclass 444 visa;
and, at any point during the JobKeeper fortnight:
- be an employee of the employer (including employees that have been stood down or re-hired); and
- not be an excluded employee, i.e.
- an employee receiving parental leave pay or dad and partner pay; or
- an employee receiving workers compensation payments in relation to total incapacity.
The eligible employee must provide the JobKeeper Payment Employee Nomination to the employer:
- agreeing to be nominated by the employer as an eligible employee under the JobKeeper scheme; and
- confirming that they have not agreed to be nominated by another employer; and
- if they are a long-term casual, confirming they do not have permanent employment with another employer.
1A ‘long-term casual employee’ is a person who has been employed by the business on a regular and systemic basis during the period of 12 months that ended on the applicable testing date (now 1 July 2020). These are likely to be employees with a recurring work schedule or a reasonable expectation of ongoing work.
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