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The JobKeeper Payment fact sheet 3 - Applying for the payment

April 15, 2020

Under the JobKeeper Scheme the Government will pay eligible employers a wage subsidy, being a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight per employee for up to 6 months. You must pay your employees the wage subsidy in full, being a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight, before tax.

Once you have determined that your business is eligible for the JobKeeper Payment there are a number of things you must do to ensure that your business receives the payment each fortnight.

This webinar provides a brief overview of the JobKeeper Payment and explains how to apply for the JobKeeper Payment.



From 20 April - Enrol for the JobKeeper Payment with the Australian Tax Office

  1. Enrol for the JobKeeper Payment - the ATO has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods to 31 May 2020, more information can be found here.
  2. Notify your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper Payment on their behalf and check they are not claiming the JobKeeper Payment through another employer or have nominated for the payment through another business.
  3. Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to your nominated employees to complete and return to you by the end of April if you plan to claim a JobKeeper Payment for April and keep a copy on file
  4. From 20 April 2020, you can enrol for the JobKeeper Payment using the ATO Business Portal and your myGovID. You must do this by the end of April to claim JobKeeper Payments if you are intending to claim a reduced turnover for April 2020 or the April 2020 quarter.
  5. In the online form, provide your bank details.
  6. Specify the estimated number of employees who will be eligible for the first JobKeeper fortnight (30 March – 12 April) and the second JobKeeper fortnight (13 April – 26 April).

From 4 May - Confirm eligible employees

  1. Apply to claim the JobKeeper Payment by logging in to the ATO Business Portal External Link
  2. Identify your eligible employees in the application form by:
    1. selecting employee details that are prefilled from your Single Touch Payroll (STP) pay reports if you report payroll information through an STP enabled payroll solution, or
    2. manually entering employee details in ATO online services or the Business Portal if you do not use an STP enabled payroll solution, or
    3. using a registered tax agent who will submit a report on your behalf through Online services for agents.
  3. Submit the confirmation of your eligible employees online and wait for your confirmation email or SMS showing it has been received.
  4. Notify your eligible employees you have nominated them.
  5. The ATO will pay you the JobKeeper Payment for all eligible employees after receiving your application.
  6. Each month, you will need to submit a monthly JobKeeper Declaration report which:
    1. Reconfirms that your reported eligible employees have not changed through ATO online services, the Business Portal or via your registered tax agent. This will ensure you will continue to receive the JobKeeper Payments.
    2. Provides some information as to your current and projected turnover. Note - you do not need to retest your reported fall in turnover.
    3. Notifies if your eligible employees change or leave your employment,

Payments to the employer are disbursed in arrears, meaning the first payment to a business is expected to be made by 14 May and will cover the first two April ‘jobkeeper fortnights’ which commenced from 30 March.

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Further information

This fact sheet is part of a series on JobKeeper Payment aimed at assisting members understand the requirements. More information is set out in:

#1 The JobKeeper Payment - Overview

#2 The JobKeeper Payment - Eligibility

#4 The JobKeeper Payment – Receiving the Payment

#5 The JobKeeper Payment – Making changes to working arrangements

#6 The JobKeeper Payment – Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements

The Federal Government has released the following information:

Contact a HIA Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620 for further information and advice

Current at: 16 April 2020
Reference: NFSIRE1325