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Re: What happens to part time worker when they turn 18 for Job Keeper?

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Hi 

 

Can someone please clarify what happens to a part time worker who turns 18 in June in regards to Job Keeper? I understand that at the moment based on new laws they are not eligible but what about once they turn 18?

 

thanks

 

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Hi @larisa 

 

We have updated our website now to refelect the changes made the JobKeeper eligibility criteria.

 

You are an eligible employee if you: 

  • were aged 18 years or older at 1 March 2020 (if you were 16 or 17 you can also qualify for fortnights before 11 May 2020, and continue to qualify after that if you are independent or not undertaking full time study)

 

Thanks, NateH

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Good afternoon larisa, 

 

16 year olds and older may be eligible for Job Keeper if they meet all the criteria. Consequently,  the currently 17 year old part-time worker may be eligible now. 

 

Below is the criteria listed on the ATO website

 

Your employee is eligible under the JobKeeper Payment scheme if they:

  • are employed by you (including those stood down or re-hired)
  • were either a  
    • permanent full-time or part-time employee at 1 March 2020
    • long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months) as at 1 March 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer
  • were at least 16 years of age on 1 March 2020
  • were an Australian resident as at 1 March 2020 within the meaning of the Social Security Act 1991, which requires that they reside in Australia, and are one of an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, or a Protected Special Category Visa Holder. More information about these requirements can be found from the Services Australia website under residence descriptionsExternal Link. Your employee can also be an Australian tax resident who is a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder. Employees who are not permanent residents of Australia must notify you of their visa status to allow you to determine if they are eligible.
  • were not in receipt of any of these payments during the JobKeeper fortnight  
    • government parental leave or Dad and partner pay
    • a payment in accordance with Australian worker compensation law for an individual’s total incapacity for work
  • agree to be nominated by you (see Nominating employees).

You cannot claim for any employees who either:

  • were first employed by you after 1 March 2020
  • left your employment before 1 March 2020
  • have been, or have agreed to be, nominated by another employer.

Hope this information is helpful to you.

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Hi @larisa,

Thanks for reaching out and we do realise with so much information availabe it can be a little confusing.

Thanks @PolicyNerd for providing some great information. There was also a recent media release which is available on the treasury website in regards to 16-17 year olds which may apply to this situation.

Hope this helps, SueO

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Hi @larisa 

 

We have updated our website now to refelect the changes made the JobKeeper eligibility criteria.

 

You are an eligible employee if you: 

  • were aged 18 years or older at 1 March 2020 (if you were 16 or 17 you can also qualify for fortnights before 11 May 2020, and continue to qualify after that if you are independent or not undertaking full time study)

 

Thanks, NateH

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Thanks NateH

 

The employee is a full time student and is not independent but what happens in June when they turn 18, do they become an "eligible employee"? Or are they from this point onwards considered non-eligible for JobKeeper?

 

thanks

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Unfortunately, the part0time worker won't be eligible when turn 18 in June. 

 

If their employer has already paid this employee JobKeeper payments, they may be able to receive this money back in arrears. 


The Treasury media release linked to above states - [this will] apply prospectively, which would mean an eligible employer that has already met the wage condition of paying such an employee $1,500 for a fortnight could be entitled to a JobKeeper Payment in arrears for that fortnight.