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JobKeeper Employee Eligibility Changes from 3 August 2020

Written by Sarah Pogson . August 17, 2020
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The Federal Government have made further changes to the JobKeeper scheme, expanding the availability for employees who were employed as at 1 July 2020.

Previously the JobKeeper scheme was only available for those employed as at 1 March 2020. Under the new changes, those who were employed as at 1 July 2020 may be eligible for JobKeeper from the fortnight starting 3 August 2020.

Employee Eligibility Details

If you have employees who:

  • Were employed on a full time or part-time basis since 1 March 2020 but before 1 July 2020 and they are still employed by you, they will be eligible for JobKeeper from 3 August 2020 (assuming they meet all other standard eligibility criteria).

  • Were employed on a casual basis and have had their 12 month employment anniversary between 1 March 2020 and 1 July 2020 and they are still employed by you, they will be eligible for JobKeeper from 3 August 2020 (assuming they meet all other standard eligibility criteria).


Under the JobKeeper scheme, all eligible employees need to be provided with an employee nomination notice. For those who are now eligible due to the employment date change, make sure you provide them with the new JobKeeper Employee Nomination Notice (1 July employees only) form. Therefore, if you have newly eligible employees, you must provide this notice to those employees.

Employers who don't follow the above procedure for these newly eligible employees will breach the “one in, all in rule”, which could result in you losing your entitlement to any JobKeeper payments for any employees. Note: employees who are currently covered under the JobKeeper scheme do not need to be provided with a new Employee Nomination notice.

If you have newly eligible employees that wish to participate in the JobKeeper scheme, you will need to advise the ATO by 22 August 2020. Notification is generally advised via your Single Touch Payroll lodgements.

For any newly eligible employees, any required top-up payments for the fortnight beginning 3 August 2020 are required to be met by 31 August 2020 (this is the extended date).

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Written by Sarah Pogson . August 17, 2020
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