Extension from 28 September 2020

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

There are two separate extension periods. For each extension period, an additional actual decline in turnover test applies and the rate of the JobKeeper payment is different.

The extension periods are:

The rates of payment will change

The rate of the JobKeeper payment in each extension period will depend on the number of hours:

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

It will be split into two rates.

Tier 1 rate: Tier 2 rate:
This rate applies to:

  • eligible employees who worked for 80 hours or more in the four weeks of pay periods before either 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020, and
  • eligible business participants who were actively engaged in the business for 80 hours or more in February and provide a declaration to that effect.
This rate applies to:

  • any other eligible employees and eligible business participants.

Employers and businesses will need to nominate the rate they are claiming for each eligible employee and/or eligible business participant.

The rules for eligible religious practitioners are similar to those for eligible business participants, with the payment rate depending on the hours spent doing activities in pursuit of their vocation in February.

Alternative tests for determining the payment rates that apply to an eligible employee, eligible business participant or eligible religious practitioner may be available in some circumstances.

The rate of the JobKeeper payment is also different for each extension period.

Employers and businesses will need to nominate the rate they are claiming for each eligible employee and/or eligible business participant.

The rules for eligible religious practitioners are similar to those for eligible business participants, with the payment rate depending on the hours spent doing activities in pursuit of their vocation in February.

Alternative tests for determining the payment rates that apply to an eligible employee, eligible business participant or eligible religious practitioner may be available in some circumstances.

The rate of the JobKeeper payment is also different for each extension period.

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