JobKeeper Key Dates

The Australian Government has announced the criteria for the JobKeeper Payment Scheme continuation to 28 March 2021. This will allow for more employees to qualify for the receipt of the JobKeeper payment.

To be eligible for JobKeeper Payments under the extension, businesses and not-for-profits will still need to demonstrate that they have experienced a decline in turnover.

There are important employer registration dates and criteria that you must ensure are completed to register new employees to receive the payment from 3 August 2020.

The Key Points From The ATO Are:

  • From 3 August 2020, the eligible employee test has been extended to include individuals who were employed on 1 July 2020 and are not currently nominated for JobKeeper by another entity, see Your Eligible Employees.
  •  For the fortnights commencing on 3 and 17 August 2020 only, the ATO is allowing employers until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for all new eligible employees included in the JobKeeper scheme under the 1 July eligibility test.
  • On 21 July, the government announced proposed changes to JobKeeper including an extension through to 28 March 2021. These changes do not impact JobKeeper payments until after 28 September 2020.
  • You can enrol for the JobKeeper Payment until the program closes if your circumstances have changed, for example, Victorian businesses closed due to restrictions. Check if you are eligible at Enrol for JobKeeper. 

Information and guidance regarding the JobKeeper extension, including employer and employee eligibility please refer to the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) website - JobKeeper Extension. You can check when the ATO updates information on JobKeeper here -  JobKeeper – Timeline Of Content Updates.

31 October 2020 – Wage Condition For JobKeeper Extension 1

For the JobKeeper fortnights starting 28 September 2020 and 12 October 2020 only, ATO is allowing employers until 31 October 2020 to meet the wage condition for all employees included in the JobKeeper scheme.

30 September 2020 – Enrolments Close For September Fortnights

To claim payments for the September JobKeeper Fortnights, you must enrol by 30 September.

28 September 2020 – JobKeeper Extension 1 Starts

From 28 September 2020, the JobKeeper scheme is extended. The first extension covers the JobKeeper fortnights between 28 September 2020 and 3 January 2021. To claim JobKeeper payments for this period, you will need to:

  • Show that your actual GST turnover has declined in the September 2020 quarter relative to a comparable period (generally the corresponding quarter in 2019). See the Actual Decline In The Turnover Test.
  • Have satisfied the original decline in the turnover test. However, if you:
    • Were entitled to receive JobKeeper for fortnights before 28 September, you have already satisfied the original decline in the turnover test.
    • Are enrolling in JobKeeper for the first time from 28 September 2020, if you satisfy the actual decline in the turnover test, you will also satisfy the original decline in the turnover test (except for certain universities). You can enrol on that basis.
  • Pay your eligible employees at least the JobKeeper amount that applies to them each JobKeeper fortnight. For JobKeeper extension 1, this will be either $1,200 for tier 1 or $750 for tier 2.
  • Tell the ATO whether the tier 1 (higher) or tier 2 (lower) payment rate applies to each eligible employee, eligible business participant, or eligible religious practitioner. If you are already enrolled in JobKeeper and eligible for the extension, you do this in your business monthly declaration in November.
  • You must also tell your eligible employees, eligible business participant, which payment rate applies to them within 7 days of notifying the ATO of their pay rate.

Business Monthly Declaration

You must identify your eligible employees, eligible business participant, each month before making your business monthly declaration.

Make your business monthly declaration between the 1st and 14th of each month to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month. For example, to be reimbursed for JobKeeper payments paid to your employees in August you should complete your declaration by 14 September.

Enrolling After September

You can enrol for JobKeeper until the program closes, provided you meet the eligibility requirements. You will need to enrol by the end of each month to claim reimbursements for JobKeeper fortnights in that month.

More information is available in our JobKeeper Guides.

JobKeeper Fortnights

JobKeeper Fortnight  Period Relating To Each JobKeeper Fortnight  Employees Are Paid On Or Before


31 August – 13 September

13 September


14 September – 27 September

27 September


28 September – 11 October

31 October


12 October – 25 October

31 October


26 October – 8 November

8 November


9 November – 22 November

22 November


23 November – 6 December

6 December


7 December – 20 December

20 December


21 December – 3 January 2021

3 January 2021

When Paying Eligible Employees, you do not need to adjust your pay cycle through your existing payroll solution.

If you usually pay your employees less frequently than fortnightly, the payment can be allocated between fortnights in a reasonable manner.

Past Dates And Fortnights

Enrolments Closed For Past Fortnights

You can no longer enrol for the JobKeeper payment to claim for fortnights ending on or before 30 August 2020.

Past JobKeeper Fortnights

JobKeeper Fortnight  Period Relating To Each JobKeeper Fortnight  Employees Are Paid On Or Before


30 March – 12 April

8 May


13 April – 26 April

8 May


27 April – 10 May

10 May


11 May – 24 May

24 May


25 May – 7 June

7 June


8 June – 21 June

21 June


22 June – 5 July

5 July


6 July – 19 July

19 July


20 July – 2 August

2 August


3 August – 16 August

16 August

(31 August for newly eligible employees)


17 August – 30 August

30 August

(31 August for newly eligible employees)


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