JOBKEEPER – Enrol & Apply for Payment

To enrol and apply for jobkeeper for your staff, follow the steps below

STEP 1 – Register your business with the ATO

Full enrolment is available from 20 April 2020 with the ATO. In the meantime, register your interest at https://www.ato.gov.au/Job-keeper-payment/ so that your receive ongoing updates.

Full enrolment for the jobkeeper payment must be completed by the end of April to claim jobkeeper payments for April. Enrolment can be done through the ATO business portal or can be managed by Butler on your behalf.

STEP 2 – Ensure you have paid each eligible employee a minimum of $1,500 per JobKeeper fortnight before tax.

Jobkeeper is reimbursed to the employer in arrears. You should pay your employees for each JobKeeper fortnight you plan to claim for. The first fortnight is from 30 March – 12 April and each JobKeeper fortnight follows after that.

For the first two fortnights (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April), the ATO will accept the minimum $1,500 payment for each fortnight has been paid by you even if it has been paid late, provided it is paid by you by the end of April. This means that you can make two fortnightly payments of at least $1,500 per fortnight before the end of April, or a combined payment of at least $3,000 before the end of April.

If you usually pay your employees less frequently than fortnightly, the payment can be allocated between fortnights in a reasonable manner. For example, if you pay your employees on a monthly pay cycle, your employees must have received the monthly equivalent of $1,500 per fortnight.

If your eligible employees earn less than $1,500 per fortnight before tax, you must pay them at least $1,500 for each fortnight to claim the JobKeeper payment. This is a ‘top up’ of their salary or wages and will ensure they remain eligible.

You cannot pay your employees less than $1,500 per fortnight and keep the difference. You will not be eligible for the JobKeeper payment if you pay your nominated employee less than $1,500 before tax per fortnight.

STEP 3 – Identify your eligible employees and notify your eligible employees you have nominated them.

Before you finalise our enrolment for the JobKeeper Payment, you need to complete the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to:

  • notify your eligible employees that you intend to participate in the scheme
  • ask them if they agree to be nominated and receive payments from you as part of the scheme.

As part of this, ensure that each employee confirms they meet the Employee eligibility requirements listed in the form

STEP 4 – Submit the confirmation of your eligible employees online

This can be done through the ATO business portal or can be managed by Butler on your behalf.

STEP 5 – Notify your eligible employees you have nominated them.

If your employees have multiple employers, they can usually choose which employer they want to nominate through. However, if your employees are long-term casuals and have other permanent employment, they cannot nominate you. They cannot receive the JobKeeper payment from more than one employer.

If an employee is currently receiving an income support payment, they must notify centrelink of their new income to avoid incurring a debt that they will have to repay.

STEP 6 – The ATO will pay you the JobKeeper payment for all eligible employees after receiving your application

The ATO is expecting to make the first payments to employers in the first week of May. As such, to claim for the month of April, you will need to fund the jobkeeper payments to staff for the first two fortnights before reimbursement.

STEP 7 – Complete your monthly jobkeeper declaration report

Each month, you will need to reconfirm that your reported eligible employees have not changed through ATO online services, the Business Portal or via Butler. This will ensure you will continue to receive the JobKeeper payments. You do not need to retest your reported fall in turnover, but you will need to provide some information as to your current and projected turnover.