Covid-19 JobSaver Payment – Applications Are Open

Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 JobSaver Payment

Covid-19 2021 job saver applications are open

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 JobSaver payment.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations with employees will receive fortnightly payments backdated to cover costs incurred from 18 July 2021 onwards.

Application will close at 11.59pm on 18 October 2021.

JobSaver Payment

The payment will be equivalent to 40% of the weekly payroll for work performed in NSW:

  • Minimum payment will be $1,500 per week
  • Maximum payment will be $10,000 per week

If you’re a non-employing business, such as a sole trader, you may be eligible to receive a payment of $1,000 per week.

 Eligibility

  • Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • Have had a national aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the Public Health Order
    • Over a minimum 2-week period
    • Within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June)
    • Compared to the same period in 2019
  • For employing businesses, maintain your employee headcount on 13 July 2021 while you continue to receive JobSaver payments
  • For  non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, show that the business is the primary income source for the associated person.

If you have more than one non-employing business, you can only claim payments for one business.

Non-employing businesses are not eligible for the JobSaver payment if anyone associated with the business or who derives income from it, has received a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment since 18 July 2021.

Evidence to support eligibility Upcoming clarification

If your business is on the highly impacted industries list, you’ll be required to:

  • Declare that you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Declare your employee headcount at 13 July 2021
  • If you have employees, declare that you will maintain your employee headcount on 13 July 2021 for the period for which you will receive JobSaver payments. Service NSW must be notified if the headcount declines over the payment period.
  • If you do not have employees, declare that the business is the primary income source for the owner of the business
  • Submit an Australian income tax return, Notice of Assessment or other documentation demonstrating the business had a national aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • Provide details of your qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent
  • Provide evidence of weekly payroll
  • Lodge other supporting documents as required to demonstrate you meet the eligibility criteria

If your business is not on the highly impacted industries list, in addition to the evidence requirements outlined above, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a letter from a qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent to demonstrate that you experienced a decline in turnover over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June) compared to the same period in 2019

Upcoming clarification

More clarification is needed for alternative circumstances, such as new businesses, and what information is required to support the claim.

If you have queries on Covid-19 JobSaver Payment 2021, please contact the accountants at our Sydney office

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