Registration for JobKeeper payment

Thursday 9 April 2020

Tasracing will provide as much information and support as possible to those affected by the temporary closure of racing.

We have compiled an information pack to help racing industry employers register for the JobKeeper payment.

A step by step guide to JobKeeper registration is outlined below:

Step 1 – Registration for JobKeeper Payment

Navigate to the relevant ATO website HERE.

You will then see the following information:

Step 2 – Select the option: Register now for JobKeeper updates

Then you complete and submit the following screen:

Step 3 – Await further contact from the ATO regarding completion of an online application

Important points:

  • The core feature of the JobKeeper payment is for affected employers to be able to receive a $1,500 per fortnight subsidy per eligible employee from 30 March for a maximum period of 6 months;
  • At this stage after completion of the registration step you will need to await further contact from the ATO;
  • It is not known when the online application will be released for use by the Tax Office, it would still be under development given the JobKeeper payment is a new concept;
  • It has been announced that the first payments under the scheme will be paid in the first week of May;
  • The ATO Fact Sheet provides initial information regarding:
    • Employer obligations;
    • Eligible employers;
    • Eligible employees;
    • Businesses with employees;
    • Businesses without employees; and
    • The application process.
  • Click HERE for the ATO Fact Sheet
  • Employers will be eligible if their business turnover will be reduced by more than 30% relative to a comparable period 12 months ago (of at least a month);
  • Eligible employees include full-time, part-time and long-term casuals;
  • Businesses without employees (e.g. self-employed) are eligible to apply;
  • A key ATO requirement will be payroll information in respect of employees engaged by a business as at 1 March.  For businesses who use Single Touch Payroll the ATO will use this data where possible to pre-populate the employee details for a business.
  • For businesses that do not use Single Touch Payroll it would be a good idea to commence preparing this data, so it is able to be used for the application process.
  • Employers would need to continue to supply payroll information to the ATO on a monthly basis in respect of the number of eligible employees; and
  • If employees receive the JobKeeper payment, this may affect their eligibility for other payments from Services Australia as they must report their JobKeeper payment as income.