On 21 July, the Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment for the next two quarters (Oct-Dec 2020 & Jan-March 2021) when the current program expires on the 27 September 2020.

There will be no automatic carry over from the current eligibility, & employers must submit a decline in turnover test to maintain their eligibility for each extension period.

Basic Eligibility Test  

From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will be based on actual turnover in the relevant periods, as follows (for those with an aggregated turnover of $1 billion or less):

Extension Period 1


28 September – 3 January More than 30% decline in BAS GST turnover from:

September Quarter 2020 (July, August, September) to September quarter 2019

Extension Period 2


4 January – 28 March More than 30% decline in BAS GST turnover from:

December 2019 quarter 2020 (October, November, December) to December quarter 2019


Payment will be stepped down and paid at two rates, based on employee hours of work:

28 September 2020 –

3 January 2021

3 January 2021 –

28 March 2021

Payment – Full $1,200 $1,000
Hours – Full More than 20 More than 20
Payment – Part $750 $650
Hours – Part


Less than 20 Less than 20


Employee hours are based on average of 4 weeks either before 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020

Eligible employees are:

  • Full-time, part-time or fixed-term employees at 1 July 2020; or
  • A long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at
    least 12 months) as at 1 July 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other
  • Were aged 18 years or older at 1 July 2020

More Information

A full Fact Sheet from Treasury is available here:

If you think you need some guidance or advice call us on 08 8231 6100 or email

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,
Julian Roffe, Practice Manager

Ezra Legal

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