Eligible employees

You are an eligible employee if you:

  • Are currently employed by the eligible employer (including if you stood down or re-hired).

  • Were for the eligible employer:

- Permanent full-time or part-time employee at 1 March 2020

- Long-term casual employee at 1 March 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer.

  • Were aged 16 years or older at 1 March 2020.

  • Were either:

- An Australian resident (within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991) – visit the Services Australia website and read residence descriptions External Link for more details

- An Australian resident for the purposes of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 and the holder of a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa as at 1 March 2020.

  • Were not in receipt of these payments during the JobKeeper fortnight

- Government parental leave or Dad and partner pay under the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010.

- A payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual's total incapacity for work.

If you started work with your current employer after 1 March 2020, your employer will not be eligible to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf.

If you aren’t eligible to be paid JobKeeper payments by your employer, you may be able to apply for support through Services Australia depending on your personal circumstances.

If you are nominated by your employer

If they do not participate in the scheme, you cannot be nominated by them.

If your employer does choose to participate in the JobKeeper payment scheme, and you are an eligible employee, you must tell your employer that you agree to be nominated as an eligible employee.

They will provide you with a JobKeeper employee nomination notice. It is important to return the nomination form to your employer by the end of the April.

Your employer will not be able to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if:

  • You do not agree to be nominated

  • You do not return your JobKeeper employee nomination notice by the end of April

  • They or you do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Once you and your employer have agreed they are claiming the JobKeeper payment on your behalf, they will enroll and apply to receive the payment from us.

Employees on a fixed-term contract

Fixed-term contractors are eligible for the JobKeeper payment if they were employed at 1 March 2020 and meet the other eligibility criteria for the JobKeeper payment. If your contract ends and is renewed before 27 September 2020, the JobKeeper payment will only be available for the fortnights where the employment relationship exists until 27 September 2020.

Employees with multiple employers

If you have multiple employers, only one employer can claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf. Your employers may ask you to tell them if you agree to be nominated as an eligible employee of theirs to receive the JobKeeper payment.

If you are employed by more than one employer, you should contact your employers and tell them which employer you want to receive the JobKeeper payment from.

If you are a long-term casual and you have other permanent employment, you must choose your permanent employer – you cannot be nominated by your casual employer.

Employees who were stood down, terminated or are on leave

If you were stood down after 1 March 2020, your employer will be able to claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if you both meet the eligibility criteria including that your employer starts paying you a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight before tax.

If you were terminated after 1 March 2020, your employer may choose to re-engage you and claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf if you both meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have taken up other work after being stood down, you may earn additional income without your eligible employer’s JobKeeper payment being affected. As long as you are eligible and maintain your employment (including being stood down) with your JobKeeper eligible employer (including receiving $1,500 before tax per fortnight from them).


For the latest advice, information, copy and resources, go to https://www.ato.gov.au/

Feel free to contact us at office@gordondu-associates.com.au or (08) 9345 0499.

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