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Changes Announced For JobKeeper & JobSeeker

Employment Lawyers

Attention employers and employees.

The Government are extending JobKeeper until March 2021.

The payments will  be reduced from $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020.

A new two-tiered payment approach will also be introduced – and it is harder to qualify for than the previous criteria.

The current $1,500 scheme will be in place until 27 September 2020.

Part-Time Employees

Part-time employees will receive $750 per fortnight, commencing September 2020.

Casual Employees

Are you a casual employee?

The part-time rate is now going to be offered to casual employees.

Do you operate a business?

From 28 September 2020, companies will need to re-qualify for JobKeeper and provide evidence the business has experienced a 30% or more reduction on turnover.

JobKeeper – The Changes

Currently 

  • $1,500 paid fortnightly to eligible Australians
  • 960,000 business with 3.5 million employees covered
  • Over $30 billion paid out

28 September 2020

  • 2-tier approach begins (based on pre-COVID-19 hours)
  • $1,200 per fortnight for workers on 20 hours or more
  • $750 per fortnight for workers on less than 20 hours

4 January 2021

  • Top tier payment reduced from $1,200 to $1,000
  • Second tier payment reduced from $750 to $650

JobSeeker – The Changes

4 August 2020

  • Mutual obligation requirements resume
  • 4 jobs searches per month required
  • Penalties apply for not taking offered job

28 September 2020

  • Coronavirus supplement reduced from $550 to $250
  • Payment to continue until at least December 2020
  • You can earn up to $300 per fortnight

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