JobKeeper Payment wage subsidy

Announced on 30 March, this Australian Government subsidy pays eligible employers (and self-employed people) up to $1500 per fortnight per employee for up to six months

The subsidy is for existing employees and employees who were stood down and re-hired, provided there was an employer-employee relationship on 1 March 2020. Businesses without employees (e.g. sole traders) can also apply.

Payments are backdated to 30 March 2020.

Eligible employers

Employers are eligible if their business

  • has an annual turnover under $1 billion and revenue will fall by more than 30 per cent 
  • has an annual turnover over $1 billion and revenue will fall by more than 50 per cent
  • is not subject to the major bank levy

Eligible employees

Employees are if

  • they were employed on 1 March 2020 (including employees stood down and re-hired)
  • they are full-time, part-time or long-term casuals (casuals employed on a regular basis for more than 12 months as at 1 March 2020)
  • are at least 16 years old
  • they are Australian citizens or meet certain visa criteria
  • are not receiving JobKeeper Payment from another employer

Businesses without employees

Businesses without employees (e.g. self-employed sole traders) may apply if they can provide an ABN, Tax File Number and a declaration about recent business activity.

How to apply for JobKeeper

For more information

WA State system COVID-19 JobKeeper provisions for sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, and unincorporated trusts.

A General Order by the WA Industrial Relations Commission introduced temporary JobKeeper provisions that cover sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, and unincorporated trusts. These provisions will last until 28 September and may be extended. They apply to employers who have qualified for the JobKeeper scheme and their eligible employees. They allow employers to give certain directions to employees and make agreements with employees to change their days and times of work. Employers must comply with a number of specific requirements. 

Current Australian Government fact sheets and other official information

Quick summary of employers' obligations and directions they can give employees

Detailed legal guide