JobKeeper for Employees

  • April 28th, 2020 at 11:30 am


As an employee you will receive a notification from your employer that they are applying for the JobKeeper Payment. To be eligible, you must then complete a nomination form that indicates you meet the eligibility criteria and agree to a claim by the employer.

If you have more than one employer, must only nominate with the primary employer, and a permanent employee can only nominate with their permanent employer (even if they have another long-term casual job).


Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses and not-for-profits impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a wage subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a payment of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee from 30 March 2020 until 27 September 2020.

Eligible employees will receive a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight, before tax. It will be up to the employer if they want to pay superannuation on any additional wage paid because of the JobKeeper Payment.


To be an eligible employee you must be;

  • An Australian citizens,
  • the holdersof a permanent visa, or Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa holder as at 1 March 2020.
  • must be a resident for Australian tax purposes on 1 March 2020.

Full time and part time employees, including stood down employees, would be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment. Where a casual employee has been with their employer on a regular and systematic basis for at least the previous 12 months on 1 March 2020, and are not permanent employees of any other employer, they will also be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment. An employee will only be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment from one employer.

Employees will be able to receive this payment in a number of different ways

  • If your employer pays you $1,500 or more in income per fortnight before tax, the JobKeeper Payment will assist your employer to continue operating by subsidising all or part of your income.
  • If your employer would otherwise pay you less than $1,500 in income per fortnight before tax, your employer must now pay you, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax.
  • If you have been stood down, your employer must pay you, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax.

Parental Leave

You will not be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if you are receiving Parental Leave Pay from Services Australia. However, you will be eligible if you are on parental leave from your employer.

Workers Compensation

If you are receiving workers compensation you will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if you are working, for example on reduced hours, but will generally not be eligible if you are not working.

Income Support Payments

If you are receiving a Services Australia (Centrelink) income support payment, like the JobSeeker Payment or anther pension, and your employer has notified you that they are receiving the JobKeeper Payment, you must report that income to Services Australia (Centrelink). You will also need to cancel your JobSeeker Payment. JobKeeper may affect other pension payments.

If you do not report the income or cancel your JobSeeker Payment, you may incur a debt that you will be required to pay back.

You can withdraw your JobSeeker claim or cancel your payment using your Centrelink online account through or the Express Plus Centrelink app.