The JobKeeper Payment is a scheme to support businesses and not-for-profit organisations significantly affected by COVID-19, to help keep more Australians in jobs. The JobKeeper Payment is administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

The JobKeeper Payment will be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021.

Payment rates


The JobKeeper scheme has been extended from 28 September 2020 until 28 March 2021.

From 28 September 2020, there are two payment rates – a tier 1 (higher) rate and a tier 2 (lower) rate. The payment rate depends on the number of hours:

  • an eligible employee works, or
  • an eligible business participant is actively engaged in the business

From 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021

The JobKeeper Payment rates for this extension period are:

  • Tier 1: $1,000 per fortnight (before tax)
  • Tier 2: $650 per fortnight (before tax)

Learn more about the JobKeeper payment rates on the ATO website.

Eligibility


In order to receive the JobKeeper Payment, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria. You can work out eligibility for employers, employees and sole-traders on the ATO website.

 

Enrol for the JobKeeper Payment

Follow the steps on the ATO website to enrol for the JobKeeper Payment using an online form.

Keeping the system fair


If you have questions about workplace entitlements and obligations in relation to the JobKeeper payment scheme, the Fair Work Commission has guidance on how it can assist with JobKeeper disputes.

If you're concerned that someone is doing the wrong thing in relation to JobKeeper payment, you can tell the ATO about it. To report illegal or behaviour of concern, see making a tip off.

JobKeeper Payment resources

Check out the JobKeeper guides for sole traders and employers.

Watch the returning to work video series.

Make sure you know what your employees are entitled to when it comes to the JobKeeper Payment scheme.