COVID-19 update: The Government has announced a JobKeeper Payment for employers, employees and sole traders. You can find this information and stay up-to-date on the latest support for business on our coronavirus page or by calling 13 28 46.×

Government assistance for employers


If you employ staff, you may be eligible for:

JobKeeper Payment

You may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if your turnover has been reduced because of the coronavirus. Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum of 6 months.

The JobKeeper Payment is available to eligible employers, businesses including companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders, not-for-profits and charities.

The intent of the JobKeeper Payment is to enable any eligible self-employed person get a wage subsidy regardless of what business structure they use, where:

  • the partners in a partnership only receive a share of profits – one partner can be nominated to receive it 
  • directors of a company only receive dividends – one direct can be nominated to receive it 
  • beneficiaries of a trust only receive distributions – one individual beneficiary (i.e. not a corporate beneficiary) can be nominated to receive it

Learn more about the JobKeeper Payment.

Boosting cash flow for employers

Employers will receive a payment equal to 100 per cent of their salary and wages withheld (up from 50 per cent), with the maximum payment being increased from $25,000 to $50,000 and the minimum payment increased from $2,000 to $10,000.

An additional payment is also being introduced equal to the total of all of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments received. This means that eligible businesses will receive at least $20,000 up to a total of $100,000 under both payments.

Not-for-profit entities will also be eligible.

Learn more about Boosting cash flow for employers.

Assistance to help pay the wages of apprentices or trainees

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.

Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).

Read more about the assistance to help pay for the wages of your apprentices or trainees.

Casual employees

If you employ a casual employee and they can’t work because they become sick or need to self-isolate, or their income has been otherwise impacted by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus, they may be eligible for income support payments.

The Government is making these payments quicker to access by waiving the usual waiting period in certain circumstances. Information on income support is available on the Services Australia website.

Employer obligations


Health and safety

As an employer, you're required to ensure the health and safety of your workers. If an employee is at risk of infection from coronavirus, you should request the employee seek medical clearance from a doctor, work from home or not work during the risk period.

You need to provide information and procedures to all employees and contract staff. Inform staff who meet the isolation criteria that they should remain isolated in their home.

Super guarantee payments

As an employer, you still need to meet your super guarantee obligations for your employees. Read more information for employers affected by disaster on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.