On 21 July 2020, the Government announced changes to the JobKeeper program. It will be extended until 28 March 2021. Information about the extended program can be found here. Those receiving JobKeeper payments under the current program, will continue to do so until 27 September 2020. While the current program remains essentially the same, there have been some minor changes as described below.
Changes to JobKeeper 1.0
The following aspects of the current JobKeeper program have changed:
- The relevant date of employment to determine employee eligibility has moved from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020. This has been done to increase the number of eligible employees for JobKeeper and to further support businesses.
- The actionable date for assessing employee eligibility was 3 August 2020. This means that employees under the 1 July test can be included in your JobKeeper claim for fortnights beginning 3 and 17 of August 2020.
- If an employee’s employment ended with one employer prior to 1 July 2020, they may now be eligible to be nominated by a new employer.
- Long term casuals will be eligible as long as you can show that they were employed on a regular and systematic basis for 12 months between 1 July 2019 and July 2020 and were not a permanent employee of any other employer.