The original Jobkeeper started on 30 March 2020 and will end on 27 September 2020. After that it will be Jobkeeper 2.1.
All is not lost. Jobkeeper 2.1 is coming, starting on 28 September 2020. But it will be harder to qualify for this one, since there are five changes.
1 – Split Between Full-Time and Part-Time
For Jobkeeper 1.0 all employees were treated the same. All received $1,500 per fortnight.
This is changing for Jobkeeper 2.1. It will now distinguish between full-time and part-time employees.
Anybody who worked 20 hours or more per week in February 2020 counts as full-time. Everybody else is part-time.
So when you apply for the next round, you indicate which employees are full-time and which are part-time.
2 – Drop of Fortnightly Rate
During Jobkeeper 1.0 the fortnightly rate was $1,500 per eligible employee.
For full-time employees on Jobkeeper 2.1 this decreases to $1,200 for October to December 2020 and then to $1,000 from January to March 2021. For part-time employees Jobkeeper drops from $1,500 to $750 and then $650 per fortnight.
3 – Actual Past Turnover
The turnover test for Jobkeeper 1.0 was based on your projected turnover. You just gave it the best estimate you could. And if you got it wrong, that was ok.
For Jobkeeper 2.1 there is no more guess work. Just actual numbers of what happened so far. After 27 September it no longer matters what you project. All depends on your actual quarterly turnover in the September 2020 quarter.
If the September 2020 quarter (and the December 202 quarter later on) had a drop of least 30%, you continue to qualify.
4 – Continuous Test
For Jobkeeper 1.0 you just had to pass the turnover test once. It was like a door – once you got in, you were in.
For Jobkeeper 2.1 this changes to a continuous test per quarter. For each quarter, you have to show that the past 1 (later 2) quarters had suffered at least a 30% drop in turnover.
5 – New Employees
Everything we spoke about so far made things tougher for you. But this one is actually good news. This one means more money for you.
You can add any employees who were working for you as of 1 July to the Jobkeeper scheme and you can do this from 3 August 2020, so for the tail end of the first round of Jobkeeper.
For Jobkeeper 1.0 you could only offer Jobkeeper to employees who had been employees as of 12 March 2o20. So this date will change to 1 July for Jobkeeper from 3 August onwares.
So these are the five changes that come with Jobkeeper 2.1.
And just in case you are wondering, Jobkeeper 2.0 was announced on 21 July 2020 with further changes on 7 August, making it Jobkeeper 2.1.
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