Kiwis working in Aust eligible for Coronavirus JobKeeper payment

Morrison announces JobKeeper wage
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the government’s $130b wage subsidy package. (Photo: AAP)

30 March 2020

ABC News

New Zealanders working in Australia may be eligible for a $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper Wage Subsidy. This is a new payment announced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today for workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

People are eligible to receive the JobKeeper Wage Subsidy include:

  • Full-time workers
  • Part-time workers
  • Casual employees who have been with their employer for at least 12 months
  • Sole traders
  • New Zealanders on the Special Category Visa 444 visa.

The wage subsidy will include not-for-profit  and charity employees and New Zealanders who work in Australia but are typically unable to access welfare programs.

The $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment is for employees of businesses who have lost 30 per cent of their revenue (or 50 per cent for businesses with annual earnings of $1 billion). Employers are to pay employees this flat rate, provided they were on the books as of 1 March 2020, and the Government would reimburse those businesses. The payments will start from 1 May 2020, back-dated to 1 March 2020.

It will also be backdated to include anyone who has been stood down due to Coronavirus. However, a person can not receive both the JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments.

The payment will be delivered through the Australian Taxation Office.

[Read the full ABC News article].


JobKeeper payment factsheet for employees

JobKeeper payment factsheet for employers

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