Further changes were announced on 7 August 2020 which will extend Jobkeeper payments to employees that previously failed the eligibility test as they were not employed on 1 March 2020. Under these proposed changes, employees may now be eligible for payments from 3 August 2020 if they were employed on 1 July 2020.

Access to JobKeeper expands

To receive JobKeeper from 28 September 2020, employers will need to reassess their eligibility with reference to actual GST turnover for the September 2020 quarter (for JobKeeper payments between 28 September to 3 January 2021), and again for December 2020 quarter (for payments between 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021).

From this date, the JobKeeper payment rate will reduce and split into a higher and lower rate based on the number of hours the employee worked.

The proposed changes are not yet law and the details could still change.