JobKeeper: How to Claim Your Payments

Has your business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19? If you’ve seen (or are likely to see) a reduction in turnover of at least 30%, please keep reading. 

Below is a step-by-step guide for establishing your eligibility for the JobKeeper scheme, as well as instructions for claiming your payments.

You can keep up with all the latest JobKeeper news here.

Enrolling for the JobKeeper Payment

  • Step 1: Project GST turnover for April 2020 and check whether this meets the 30% decline in business when compared with April 2019 (for businesses with turnover below $1 billion). If you need assistance quantifying your decline in turnover, please call us on 9887 8751 or send us an email.
  • Step 2: Notify the ATO that you elect to participate in the JobKeeper scheme by applying via the ATO’s Business Portal before May 31.
  • Step 3: Ensure that at least $1,500 is paid to each eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight (30 March – 12 April and 13 April – 26 April). Full payment for these fortnights must be made by May 8.
  • Step 4: Notify eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper payment on their behalf and confirm they aren’t claiming the payment through another employer or have nominated through another business.
  • Step 5: Identify eligible employees and ensure that the official JobKeeper Employee Nomination Notice is completed by all parties. Keep this form on file, and email a copy to us as well.
  • Step 6: You can enrol for the JobKeeper payment using the Business Portal and authenticate with your myGovID. You must enrol by May 31 to claim JobKeeper payments for April.

Confirming Employee Eligibility

  • Step 1: Apply to claim the JobKeeper payment through the ATO’s Business Portal before May 31.
  • Step 2: Ensure all eligible employees have been paid a minimum of $1,500 per JobKeeper fortnight before tax. The first JobKeeper fortnight was 30 March – 12 April, the second was 13 April – 26 April. Full payment for these fortnights must be made by May 8 to be eligible for April JobKeeper payments.
  • Step 3: Identify your eligible employees in the application form by:
    • selecting employee details that are prefilled from your STP pay reports; or
    • manually entering employee details in ATO online services or the Business Portal if you do not use an STP-enabled payroll solution; or
    • engaging us to submit a report on your behalf through Online services for agents.
  • Step 4: Submit the confirmation of your eligible employees online and wait for your confirmation email or SMS showing it has been received (confirmations will be received from May 4).
  • Step 5: Notify your eligible employees that you have nominated them.
  • Step 6: The ATO will pay you the JobKeeper payment for all eligible employees after receiving your application. The first payment (initially covering the first two fortnightly periods) will be made by 14 May 2020. Subsequent payments will be made within 14 days of each month in which JobKeeper fortnights fall.
  • Step 7: Each month, you will need to reconfirm 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 from the ATO. You do not need to retest your reported fall in turnover, but you will need to provide some information as to your current and projected turnover. This will be done in your monthly JobKeeper Declaration report.
  • Step 8: You will need to notify the ATO in your monthly JobKeeper Declaration report if your eligible employees change or leave your employment.

If you have any queries about the process or your eligibility, the Government has put together a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions. We are also here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call us on 9887 8751 or 0418 341 697 (Nick), or send us an email if we can be of assistance.