The new JobKeeper eligibility report is designed to provide the relevant information for assessment of employee eligibility for the JobKeeper subsidy package.
More about the JobKeeper subsidy here
foundU JobKeeper Eligibility Report
- This report excludes employees that are under the age of 16 years as at March 1st 2020
- We have included length of service as this is relevant to casual employees
- We calculate length of service by looking at the employment start date to March 1st 2020. If the employee doesn't have a specified start date the date of their first payslip is used.
- The ATO have requested that the start date of employee JobKeeper eligibility is reported through to them via STP (see process below)
- The number of payslips and hours worked is calculated as at March 1st 2020
- We have not excluded any VISA types from this report
- Treasury have indicated that the option of Yes, to claiming the tax free threshold on a TFN form is a fair indicator of whether you are the employees primary employer. This report will include this information.
- We have provided the option to include or exclude archived or declined employees (with date selector)
Using the Report
- Once you have decided which employees will receive the JobKeeper payment, you can mark them as a recipient. This will do the following:
- Toggle ON the JobKeeper condition against the employee profile
- Allow you to filter payslips, people and payroll activity reports by JobKeeper employees
- The age column allows you to see those who are <18 yeas or above.
- When we release the automated JobKeeper payment process - it will rely on this information
Submitting employee start dates to the ATO via STP
The ATO have requested that the start date of employee JobKeeper eligibility is reported through to them via STP, we have added a 'start date' field into the JobKeeper process. To update this for current eligible employees please follow the below steps:
Go to your JobKeeper Eligibility Report (Reports > Workforce) and filter on eligible employees.
Select employees you would like to update the dates for, and select Mark as Eligible, this will allow you to select the start date for the batch of employees.
When complete, please go to your Single Touch Payroll page where you will see a new outstanding submission. Submit this as normal to notify the ATO.
Important Note on JobKeeper Eligibility
This package has now been formalised and legislated through the Federal Parliament, however payroll providers, industry bodies and other stakeholders are all waiting to seek further clarification from the ATO about specific processes.
What we know so far is, eligible employees are employees who:
- are currently employed by the eligible employer (including those stood down or re-hired);
- were employed by the employer at 1 March 2020;
- are full-time, part-time, or long-term casuals (a casual 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 Holder, a non-protected Special Category Visa Holder who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder; and
- are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer.
If your employees receive the JobKeeper Payment, this may affect their eligibility for payments from Services Australia as they must report their JobKeeper Payment as income.