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Making it easier for charities to access JobKeeper Payment and retain staff


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Staff of charities will now be able to receive the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment, after the announcement of a reduced eligibility threshold for their employers.

Legislation for the $130-billion scheme to be introduced into the parliament this week will include a concessional test for charities registered by the Australian Charities and not-for-profits Commission.

To be eligible for the JobKeeper payment, they will have to prove they have suffered a 15% decline in turnover as a result of the coronavirus.

Under the initial scheme announced last week, organisations with a revenue of less than $1 billion needed to have recorded a 30% drop in revenue to be eligible.

The JobKeeper payment will provide a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through employers to around six-million Australians to keep them in work.

The $1,500 payment is the equivalent of around 70% of the national median wage.

More than 57,000 charities are ACNC-registered, providing services ranging from mental health support to access to food for vulnerable Australians.

More than 1.3 million Australians are employed by those charities.

The reduced threshold at which a charity is considered to be substantially affected by the coronavirus, as compared to businesses and other not-for-profits, will support a sector which is expected to have a significant increase in demand for its services.

The reduced threshold follows conversations with the charity sector including ACOSS, The Salvation Army and Catholic Social Services Australia.

Eligible businesses and charities can apply for the payment online and are able to register their interest via the Australian Tax Office website.

Page last updated : 17 Jan 2022

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