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Many customers have been asking what to pay their employees at this unprecedented time. Below are links to government websites that offer free advice on the types of payments to pay your employees:
- Australian Government (business.gov.au)
- Treasury Australia (treasury.gov.au)
- Australian Taxation Office (ato.gov.au)
- Fair Work Australia (fairwork.gov.au)
As per business.gov.au (© Commonwealth of Australia 2019), affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if:
- their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover has fallen by more than 30 per cent (of at least a month); or
- their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover has fallen by more than 50 per cent (of at least a month); and
- the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.
Eligible employees are employees who:
- are currently employed by the eligible employer (including those stood down or re-hired)
- were employed by the employer as at 1 March 2020
- are full-time, part-time, or long-term casuals (a casual employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020)
- are at least 16 years of age
- are an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, a Protected Special Category Visa Holder, a non-protected Special Category Visa Holder who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder
- are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer
If your employees receive the JobKeeper Payment, this may affect their eligibility for payments from Services Australia, as they must report their JobKeeper Payment as income.
Note: Use the new JobKeeper Payments Report in CloudPayroll to assist with identifying eligible employees.