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8 June 2020 – announcement

On 8 June, the Government announced that JobKeeper payments will cease from 20 July for employees of a child care subsidy approved service and for sole traders operating a child care service.

The announced change is subject to amendments being made to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefit) Rules 2020 through Parliament.

We are working through the details of the announcement and will share more information as soon as we can.

For more information, see the media releaseExternal Link from the Hon Dan Tehan, Minister for Education.

20 April – enrolments opened

On 20 April 2020, enrolments for the JobKeeper payment opened.

31 May – enrolments closed for April and May fortnights

31 May 2020 was the final date to enrol for JobKeeper and identify employees to claim for wages paid for JobKeeper fortnights in April and May.

Enrolling and identifying employees after May

If you are enrolling for JobKeeper payments for the first time after May, you must enrol your business and identifying your eligible employees and business participant by the end of the month you wish to claim for.

Each month

You must make a business monthly declaration each month to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month.

You need to do this between the 1st and 14th of the month (for example, to be reimbursed for JobKeeper payments in May you need to complete your declaration by 14 June).

JobKeeper fortnights

JobKeeper Fortnight

Period relating to each JobKeeper Fortnight

Employees are paid on or before


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


17 August – 30 August

30 August


31 August – 13 September

13 September


14 September – 27 September

27 September

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

4 May

From 4 May 2020 – Identify your employees

  • Make sure you are successfully enrolled.

Once you are successfully enrolled, you need to identify the eligible employees and/or the business participant for who you are claiming the JobKeeper wage subsidy. To find out how, read our JobKeeper guides.

  • You have until 31 May to identify your employees for JobKeeper payment.

8 May

By 8 May – Make sure you have paid your employees for April

  • Pay your eligible employee a minimum of $1,500 (before tax) for each of JobKeeper fortnights 1 and 2 by this date to be able to claim JobKeeper payments for April.
  • The first two JobKeeper fortnights in April
    • JobKeeper Fortnight 1 – 30 March to 12 April
    • JobKeeper Fortnight 2 – 13 April to 26 April


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


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