JobKeeper 2.0 – Am I and/or my employees eligible?



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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