THE NEW JobKeeper Payment has passed through Parliament and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is now working to assist businesses to access the scheme, helping to retain their employees.
The program will be administered by the ATO and will involve employers checking that they are eligible and then enrolling with the ATO to be paid the JobKeeper payments.
Employers will receive a monthly payment for each eligible employee who was paid by the business during the previous month.
ATO Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran said employers need to take steps now to be eligible for the first round of JobKeeper payments which will be paid from the first week of May 2020.
In order to receive JobKeeper payments from the first week of May, employers need to have paid eligible employees a minimum of $1500 per fortnight, before tax, for the period between March 30 and the end of April. The payments for the first two fortnights must be made by the end of April to receive the JobKeeper payment in the first week of May.
Employers also must meet all eligibility requirements, as outlined on the ATO’s website and enrol in the JobKeeper payment program, once the enrolment process is opened on April 20.
"When you submit your enrolment to the ATO, we will provide you with an acknowledgement and acceptance of your enrolment into the JobKeeper program based on the information you have provided," Mr O'Halloran said.
Employers are encouraged to discuss their businesses’ eligibility and participation in JobKeeper with their employees.
The JobKeeper payments will flow from the ATO to employers, rather than directly to employees, he said.
"Employees wanting to know whether their employer will be enrolling in JobKeeper should speak to their employer and fill out the employee nomination form."
Employees can also find out more information about the program on the ATO’s website.
Mr O’Halloran said the ATO was working hard to make it as easy as possible for employers to access the government’s JobKeeper payment.
“At this stage employers should focus on determining their and their employees’ eligibility and desire to participate, and should discuss ongoing work arrangements with their employees,"Mr O'Halloran said.
“The ATO website has all the information employers need to know about how to get ready. Alternatively, contact your tax representative for assistance and advice specific to your circumstances.
“We know this payment is vital for the community, and we want every eligible employer to be ready to receive the JobKeeper Payments to help keep Australians in jobs.
“As you would expect we will have systems in place to ensure that the payment is made to the eligible employers and will monitor any claims over the months that attract our attention,” Mr O’Halloran said.