The JobKeeper stimulus program just announced by the Australian government will help small businesses retain staff amid the COVID-19 slowdown. Read on to find out whether your business qualifies, what steps to take, and when you’ll see payment. 

Note that the details and specifics of JobKeeper will become clearer over the next few days. We’ll update you as we learn more.

Where do I start?

The first step is to register your interest at the ATO’s JobKeeper website. At this point, the ATO is only asking for your contact info and ABN. They’ll update you on what comes next.

If you’re an eligible employer, the ATO is promising to pay you $1,500 a fortnight for every worker who has been on the books since 1 March. You must then pass this amount directly to the employee.

If your worker normally receives less than $1,500 a fortnight in wages, they effectively