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JobKeeper payments and wage subsidies

Wage subsidies can help keep your workers connected to your business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Helping business get back to work

JobKeeper payments

Businesses significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak are able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying their employees. 

The Australian Government's JobKeeper program allows businesses to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of 6 months. 

Sole traders and some other entities (such as partnerships, trusts or companies) may be entitled to the JobKeeper payment scheme.

JobKeeper information and enrolment

Apprentice and trainee subsidies

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of an apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Check eligibility for apprentice subsidy

More help for retaining employees

There are other measures you can access to help you pay wages and retain employees:

Making long service leave more flexible

Temporary changes to the  Long Services Leave Act 1955 allow employees to take leave in shorter blocks, such as one day a week, and without the traditional one-month notice period, by agreement with their employer.

Last updated: 30 April 2020

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