Q. What is the difference between JobKeeper and JobSeeker? Which should I apply for?
A. JobKeeper is administered by the ATO and paid to employers who then pay their employees. JobSeeker is administered by Centrelink and is a form of social security for those looking for work.
Q. My business only started three months ago or had experienced growth over the past year and won’t show a 30% write-down in turnover - am I eligible to apply for JobSeeker?
A. Where a business was not in operation a year earlier, or where their turnover a year earlier was not representative of their usual or average turnover, the Tax Commissioner will have discretion to consider additional information that the business can provide to establish that they have been adversely affected by the impacts of the Coronavirus
Q. What happens if my employer wants me to remain stood down?
A. You are entitled to the JobKeeper payment if you remain stood down. The JobKeeper payment applies so long as you are still employed by the business.
Q. What happens if my employer wants me to return to work?
A. If the employer has useful work for you to perform, the stand down period would end and you would resume performing your regular duties and receiving you regular pay. You must be paid the greater of the JobKeeper payment, or the amount legally payable for the work performed.
Q. Can my employer make me take leave during this period?
A. Your employer can request than an employee agrees to take paid annual leave provided that the employee retains a balance of at least two weeks. You must consider the request and must not unreasonably refuse the request.
Q. Where can I travel?
From Friday 15 May, the following is allowed:
- public gatherings of up to 10 people;
- food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food;
- up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time;
- weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple;
- indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners;
- religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers;
- outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution; and
- outdoor pools can open with restrictions.
Read FAQs on what has changed.
*Hunter (NSW) information only
From Monday 1 June 2020, the following will be allowed:
- travel to regional NSW for a holiday
- visits to museums, galleries and libraries
- pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers
- beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines.
Rules that continue to apply include
From Saturday, 13 June 2020:
- up to 20 people will be allowed to visit households
- up to 20 people can gather in outdoor areas such as parks
- Food courts will be allowed to open