Am I eligible for the jobkeeper payment? Here’s everything you need to know to register

jobkeeper payment

The Australian government has announced a $1,500 per fortnight wage subsidy to eligible employers amid the coronavirus. Check your eligibility, how much you’ll get and how it works with the jobseeker payment

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The Morrison government has announced a $130bn support package with a new jobkeeper payment – a wage subsidy to keep Australians in work.

So who exactly is eligible for this payment and how much will they receive?

How much is the payment worth?

The federal government will pay eligible employers $1,500 per fortnight for each eligible worker, about 70% of the national median wage.

Jobkeeper is about $400 a fortnight more than the $1,100 JobSeeker payment with the coronavirus supplement for those out of work.

Who is eligible for jobkeeper?

In order to receive a payment, both the employer and employee must meet eligibility criteria.

Eligible employers are businesses (including companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders), not-for-profits and charities:

  • With a turnover of less than $1bn that have lost 30% or more of their revenue compared to a comparable period a year ago.

  • With a turnover of $1bn or more and with at least a 50% reduction in revenue compared to a comparable period a year ago.

The big banks subject to the banking levy are not eligible.

Eligible employees:

  • Were employed by an eligible employer at 1 March 2020

  • Can be sole traders, full-time, part-time, or long-term casuals employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020.
  • Are at least 16 years of age.
  • Are an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, a protected special category visa, a non-protected special category visa who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a New Zealander on a special category (subclass 444) visa.

The government estimates that six million workers will receive this payment. Gig economy workers will be covered, as they are sole traders.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

Scott Morrison

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Treasurer 

SENATOR THE HON MATHIAS CORMANN
Minister for Finance

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

Thursday 4 July 2019

Delivered: lower taxes for hard-working Australians

More than 10 million Australians will start to receive immediate tax relief from next week following the passage of Legislation through the Parliament today.

The Coalition Government has delivered on its promise, as outlined in this year’s Budget, to build a better tax system and provide more tax relief to hard-working Australians.

As a result, low and middle income earners will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Relief so Working Australians Keep More of Their Money) Bill 2019 will deliver a further $158 billion in tax relief, building on the already legislated Personal Income Tax Plan announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

Starting from next week, low and middle income earners with an income up to $126,000 will receive up to $1,080, or $2,160 for dual income couples, with the increased tax relief to apply from the 2018-19 income year.

The Bill has also locked in the benefits of low and middle income tax relief by increasing the top threshold of the 19 cents in the dollar tax bracket from $41,000 to $45,000 and by increasing the low income tax offset from $645 to $700 in 2022-23.

In combination with the legislated removal of the 37 per cent tax bracket in 2024-25, the Government is delivering structural reform to the tax system by reducing the 32.5 cents in the dollar tax rate to 30 cents in the dollar.

Together, these tax relief measures will create a flatter and better tax system that will improve incentives for hard-working Australians and ensure that 94 per cent of Australians will face a marginal tax rate no higher than 30 cents in the dollar in 2024-25. Once our plan is fully implemented, around 13.3 million taxpayers will pay lower taxes.

Australians voiced their loud and clear support for our comprehensive tax package at the election. They supported a tax system that rewards aspiration and encourages effort, and today we have delivered it. 

Lower taxes are part of our plan for a stronger economy.

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Contacts: Rosa Stathis, 0417 669 223

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney

Press Office of the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister, Canberra

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Prime Minister

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

THE HON MICHAEL MCCORMACK MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development  

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP

Treasurer

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

SARAH HENDERSON MP
Federal Member for Corangamite

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Friday, 22 March 2019

GEELONG TO MELBOURNE TRAVEL CUT IN HALF PART OF 20-YEAR FAST RAIL PLAN

The Morrison Government will deliver $2 billion to bring fast rail to life between Geelong and Melbourne, cutting the 80km journey in half to 32 minutes.

The congestion-busting rail will be the first of its kind in Australia – travelling at the fastest speeds of any train line in the nation at an average of 160 km/h.

As part of the Government’s Plan for Australia’s Future Population to take pressure off the big cities and support the growth of the regions, the Melbourne-Geelong fast rail would be the first of many the Liberal Nationals Government would build over the next twenty years between the big capitals and surrounding regional centres. 

The Government’s 20-year fast rail plan also invests $40m for detailed assessments of five additional corridors, complementing the three presently underway that the federal government has funded, and others that state governments are funding.

These detailed assessments will determine the next priorities for funding and construction.

The Morrison Government will create a National Fast Rail Agency to guide the work, determine priorities based on the assessments, work with state governments and communities and the private sector and provide innovative finance solutions.

It would also take enormous pressure off the Princes Freeway and West Gate Bridge. Over 54,000 vehicles take the Princes Freeway every day.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the congestion busting investment in infrastructure would give time back to commuters and enable more people to live in our regions and work in our cities.

“This is all part of our plan to manage population growth that I announced this week to take the pressure off our big cities like Melbourne and make our regional cities like Geelong even more attractive places to live and work,” the Prime Minister said.

“As our population grows, fast rail networks are crucial to easing the congestion pressures in our cities and shaping Australia’s future.

“As well as reducing our migration cap and introducing new visas and incentives to encourage more migrants out to the regional areas that need their skills, our record investment in congestion busting infrastructure is key to tackling Australia’s population challenges.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said faster rail services meant greater accessibility to regional Australia.

“Faster rail services not only help to ease road congestion, it also means more people can access regional centres such as Geelong and wider region with reliable transport connections, which helps to generate more growth opportunities, beyond the city limits,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“This is all part of the Australian Government’s plans to help Australians get home sooner and safer, and to share these benefits in regional Australia, by building strategic infrastructure projects that make a real difference to peoples’ lives, and enable the flow of people, trade and investment that is essential to having strong and successful economies in our regions.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Geelong fast rail was possible because of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy.

“As a proud and passionate Victorian, I am particularly pleased to see this important piece of infrastructure announced by the Coalition,” the Treasurer said.

“It will help in creating jobs, reducing congestion and unlocking the potential of our regions.

“Investments like these can only be made because our plan for a stronger economy is working.”

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the fast rail plan was a critical part of the Government’s Population Plan.

“Fast rail from the big capitals to the regional cities eases the pressure off the big cities while supporting the growth of the regions,” Minister Tudge said.

“This works alongside other measures such as reducing the migration rate and encouraging more new migrants and students to settle in smaller cities and regions that need them.

“Geelong is a strong growing regional centre, but transport connectivity to Melbourne is constrained by existing infrastructure.

“During peak hour, trains are often full at key stations such as Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, with passenger numbers exceeding capacity on the line. Services on the Geelong Line also suffer frequent delays.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson MP, said this is a long-term, visionary project that will strengthen and grow our region and dramatically cut travel times.

“This is a truly historic announcement,” Ms Henderson said.

“For years so many people have talked about fast rail. Today, I am so proud to be a member of the Morrison Government that will deliver. My job is to get things done – to deliver for my community.

“Fast trains mean so much more than fast travel times. This project means jobs. This project means more time with your family. This means economic growth.” 

The Liberal Nationals Government’s $2 billion commitment will the $5 billion commitment to the Melbourne Airport Rail Link which will increase capacity between Sunshine and the Melbourne CBD. 

The Morrison Government’s funding includes backing new business cases for fast rail between:

  • Brisbane to the Gold Coast
  • Melbourne to Albury-Wodonga
  • Melbourne to Traralgon
  • Sydney to Wollongong
  • Sydney to Parkes

Media contact: Rosa Stathis, 0417 669 223

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney

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