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JobSaver – Covid-19

JobSaver will provide cash flow support to impacted businesses to help maintain their NSW employee headcount on 13 July 2021.

Applications are now open and close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021. To apply, visit JobSaver payment and apply via your MyServiceNSW Account. If you do not already have a MyServiceNSW Account or have not linked your business to your existing profile then you will need to do so before applying.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations with employees will receive fortnightly payments backdated to cover costs incurred from week 4 of the Greater Sydney lockdown (from 18 July 2021 onwards).

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 $100,000 per week.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations that do not have any employees will receive $1,000 per week.

Eligibility

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations impacted by the Public Health Order will be eligible if:

  • they have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and were operating in New South Wales on 1 June 2021;
  • they had a national aggregated annual turnover of between $75,000 and $250 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020;
  • they 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 (commencing 26 June for the duration of the lockdown), compared to the same period in 2019;
  • for employing businesses, they maintain their employee headcount on 13 July 2021 while they continue to receive JobSaver payments (businesses that do not maintain the declared headcount must notify Service NSW); and
  • for non-employing businesses, the business receiving payments must be the primary income source for the associated person. Individuals with more than one non-employing business may only claim payments for one business.
Evidence to Support Eligibility

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 $250 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:
    • for businesses that submit a BAS with a W1 amount (wages and salaries) recorded: their most recent BAS that was submitted to the ATO prior to 26 June 2021 within the 2020-21 financial year
    • for businesses that submit a BAS without a W1 amount (wages and salaries) recorded: their 2019-20 NSW payroll tax reconciliation return
    • for businesses that do not submit a BAS: Contact Service NSW to discuss alternate evidence of wages and salaries; and
  • 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.

See the guidelines for more information.

Application Process

Businesses that have applied and are eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant will generally be automatically eligible for JobSaver but must provide further information on employee headcount and payroll. These businesses may be contacted by Service NSW if further information is required.

Some businesses that are not eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant are still eligible provided they meet the criteria outlined above. These businesses will be required to complete an application form.

Once deemed eligible, businesses will receive automatic fortnightly payments. Businesses will not need to re-apply but must notify Service NSW if they are not maintaining the number of employees they had on 13 July 2021. Reductions in employee headcount resulting from circumstances outside the control of the employer (such as voluntary resignations, death of an employee) will not be taken as a reduction in employee headcount on 13 July. 

Payments will be made in arrears with the first payment backdated to 18 July.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is aggregated annual turnover? Aggregated annual turnover is the sum of the following:
  • Your annual turnover for the income year
  • The annual turnover of any entity connected with you, for that part of the income year that the entity is connected with you
  • The annual turnover of any entity that is an affiliate of yours, for that part of the income year that the entity is affiliated with you
What is Decline in turnover? To measure the decline in turnover, the Australian Taxation Office Goods and Services Tax (GST) concept will be applied when assessing whether an applicant experienced a 30% or more decline in national turnover. This means you use your GST accounting method (cash or accruals) to determine your turnover for the relevant periods.
What is Employee Headcount? Employee Headcount means the number of persons who are employed in New South Wales and who are permanent (full-time or part-time), or casual staff that have been employed by the business for more than 12 months.
What does it mean to maintain employee headcount? Maintain Employee Headcount means the employer will not take active steps to end the employment relationship with their employees. Employees who have been stood down under the Fair Work Act 2009 or take leave without pay are considered employees for the purpose of headcount. Businesses will remain eligible if their employee headcount declines for reasons outside the control of the employer, for example if employees voluntarily resign.
If a business does not submit a BAS to the Australian Tax Office? The business should contact Service NSW to discuss further
Business needing help with their MyServiceNSW Account. Business needing help with their MyServiceNSW Account. Businesses requiring assistance with their online application can contact Service NSW on 13 77 88

As always if you have any additional questions or if we can be of assistance in determining your eligibility, collating the financial information required to support your application or providing the accountants letter required please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that as this support is being administered by the NSW Government we cannot act as your agent and attend to the application on your behalf.

The information contained on this website and in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a financial adviser. Taxation, legal and other matters referred to on this website and in this article are of a general nature only and are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied upon in place of appropriate professional advice. Those laws may change from time to time.

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