JobKeeper Update – Further information as subsidy is passed by Australian Parliament

The Morrison government’s $130bn wage subsidy package has passed both houses of parliament with the support of Labor. Short term casuals and temporary visa workers will miss out.

Below is some information for Petrol Station Operators on your obligations, eligibility and the application process.


To receive the JobKeeper Payment, employers must:

  • Apply at and assess that they have or will likely experience the required turnover decline.
  • Provide information to the ATO on all eligible employees. This includes information on the eligible employees engaged as at 1 March 2020 and those currently employed by the business or not-for-profit (including those stood down or re-hired). For most businesses or not-for-profits, the ATO will use Single Touch Payroll data to pre-populate the employee details for the business or not-for-profit.
  • Ensure that each eligible employee receives at least $1,500 per fortnight (before tax). Employees who receive $1,500 per fortnight or more from their employer will continue to receive their regular income according to their prevailing workplace arrangements. For employees that have been receiving less than this amount, the employer will now need to pay them, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax.
  • Notify all eligible employees that they are receiving the JobKeeper Payment.
  • Continue to provide information to the ATO on a monthly basis, including the number of eligible employees employed by the business.


Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses or not-for-profits impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a 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, for a maximum period of 6 months.

Eligible employers

Employers (including not-for-profits) will be eligible for the subsidy if:

  • their business has an annual turnover of less than $1 billion and they estimate their turnover has or will likely fall by 30 per cent or more;
  • or their business has an annual turnover of $1 billion or more (or is part of a consolidated group for income tax purposes with turnover of $1 billion or more) and they estimate their turnover has or will likely fall by 50 per cent or more; and
  • their business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

Self-employed individuals (businesses without employees) will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they meet the relevant turnover test outlined above. For charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC), they will be eligible for the subsidy if they estimate their turnover has or will likely fall by 15 per cent or more relative to
a comparable period.

The Australian government and its agencies, State and Territory governments and their agencies, foreign governments and their agencies, local governments and wholly-owned corporations of these bodies are not eligible for the JobKeeper payment. Non-government schools and private vocational education providers are eligible.

To establish that a business or not-for-profit has, or is likely to, face the relevant fall in their turnover, most would be expected to establish that their turnover has or will likely fall in the relevant month or quarter (depending on their Business Activity Statement reporting period) relative to their turnover in a corresponding period a year earlier. Turnover is calculated as it is for GST purposes, and is reported on
Business Activity Statements. It includes all taxable supplies and all GST free supplies but not input taxed supplies.

Where a business or not-for-profit was not in operation a year earlier, or where their turnover a year earlier was not representative of their usual or average turnover, (e.g. because there was a large interim
acquisition, they were newly established or their turnover is typically highly variable) the Tax Commissioner will have discretion to consider additional information that the business or not-for-profit can provide to establish that they have been significantly affected by the impacts of the Coronavirus. The payment cannot be paid to businesses that are in liquidation.

The Tax Commissioner will also have the discretion to set out alternative tests that would establish eligibility in specific circumstances (e.g. eligibility may be established as soon as a business has ceased or significantly curtails its operations). There will be some tolerance where employers, in good faith, estimate a 30 per cent or more or 50 per cent or more fall in turnover but actually experience a slightly smaller fall.

If a business is part of a consolidated group for income tax purposes, with a turnover of $1 billion or more, the 50 per cent or more turnover test will apply to each business in that consolidated group that business. If the consolidated group has a turnover of less than $1 billion, the 30 per cent or more turnover test is applied to each business in that consolidated group. Individual businesses within a consolidated group may be eligible for the JobKeeper payment while other businesses in the group may not be eligible.

The employer must have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020, and confirm that each eligible employee is currently engaged in order to receive the JobKeeper Payments.

Eligible Employees

Eligible employees are employees who:

  • are currently employed by the eligible employer (including those stood down or re-hired);
  • were employed by the employer at 1 March 2020;
  • are full-time, part-time, or long-term casuals (a casual employed on a regular and systemic basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020);
  • are at least 16 years of age at 1 March 2020;
  • are an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder at 1 March 2020;
  • were a resident for Australian tax purposes on 1 March 2020; and
  • are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer.

Employees receiving Parental Leave Pay from Services Australia are not eligible for the JobKeeper Payment. However, employees on parental leave from their employer will be eligible. Employees receiving workers compensation will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if they are working, for example on reduced hours, but will generally not be eligible if they are not working.

If your employees receive the JobKeeper Payment, this may affect their eligibility for income support payments and they must report their change in circumstances to Services Australia online at or by telephone.


Businesses with employees

Businesses with employees Initially, employers can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper Payment via from 30 March 2020.

Subsequently, eligible employers will be able to apply for the scheme by means of an online application.

The first payment will be received by employers from the ATO in the first week of May.

Eligible employers will need to identify eligible employees for JobKeeper Payments and must provide monthly updates to the ATO. An employer that elects to participate is required to include all eligible
employees in the scheme. Participating employers will be required to ensure eligible employees receive, at a minimum, $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.

Businesses without employees

Businesses without employees, such as the self-employed, can register their interest in applying for JobKeeper Payment at from 30 March 2020.

Businesses without employees will need to provide an ABN for their business, nominate an employee to receive the payment and provide that employee’s Tax File Number and provide a declaration as to recent business activity.

The payment will be made monthly to that person’s bank account.

If you need help applying for JobKeeper contact Dan Armes on [email protected] or 0490 415 064

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