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.
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.
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