Date posted: 7/05/2020

JobKeeper - New requirements for employees aged 16 or 17

Only 16 and 17 year old employees who are independent or not undertaking full-time study are eligible for JobKeeper after 11 May 2020.

In brief

  • Treasurer's 24 April 2020 announcement and resultant legislative instrument means that only 16 or 17 year olds who are independent, or not in full time study are eligible for JobKeeper from 11 May 2020.
  • 16 and 17 year old employees will need to confirm that they are eligible under the amended rules by completing an updated employee notification notice by 11 May 2020.

The Treasurer's 24 April 2020 announcement and resultant Legislative Instrument changed the rules on JobKeeper eligibility for employees aged 16 or 17. Unfortunately, this means some young employees who were previously eligible will now be ineligible.

The ATO has now advised CA ANZ that it will administer these changes as follows:

Legislation has now been updated to reflect changes to the JobKeeper rules on eligibility requirements that need to be met for employees aged 16 or 17 years old. These take effect for the JobKeeper fortnight 4 starting 11 May 2020. From JobKeeper fortnight 4 (commencing on 11 May) there is an additional eligibility requirement - that on 1 March 2020, the employee aged 16 or 17 year was either independent, or not in full time study, as defined in the Social Security Act 1991.

If employees aged 16 or 17 have already identified themselves as eligible employees, have been paid a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight (before tax), you can still claim for JobKeeper fortnights 1 to 3 between 30 March and 10 May 2020.

From JobKeeper fortnight 4 commencing on 11 May, 16 and 17 year old employees will need to confirm that they are eligible under the amended rules. They do this by completing an updated employee notification notice to confirm that they are independent or not undertaking full time study. This new form should be completed by 11 May and kept for your records.

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