Extension of JobKeeper
On 21 July 2020, the Australian Government announced that it will be extending the JobKeeper Payment subsidy until 28 March 2021; however, eligibility criteria and payment amounts shall be changing.
From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper payment will be based on actual turnover for the most recent quarters, and the payment (currently $1,500 per fortnight) will be stepped down and paid at one of two rates.
Your congregation (ABN) will need to demonstrate that it continues to meet the 15% decline in GST Turnover Test in both the June (April, May and June) and September (July, August and September) quarters of 2020 compared to the same quarters of the prior year (namely 2019) to be eligible for JobKeeper from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021. [see link to template]
To continue to be eligible for the JobKeeper for the period 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021, not only will the GST Turnover Test have to meet the 15% decline in each of the June and September quarters of 2020, but it will also have to meet this test for the December (October, November and December) quarter of 2020.
- Note that this test is calculated on actual data (not forecast)
- A new template (in Excel spreadsheet format) has been provided to assist you in assessing the turnover eligibility for your congregation. Please note that the template has been designed to capture actuals, as this is the basis of eligibility going forward; however, it can be used for projections to determine whether your congregation is likely to be eligible.