This reduction in hours will be implemented through an element of the JobKeeper scheme known as a JobKeeper enabling stand down direction.

JobKeeper is a payment made to eligible businesses and not-for-profits affected by COVID-19 to support them in retaining employees.

JobKeeper extension 1 (the same as calling it Phase 2) starts from September 28, 2020 and finishes on January 3, 202. Eligible businesses will receive a payment of:

  • $1200 per fortnight (before tax) for tier 1
  • $750 per fortnight (before tax) for tier 2

Tier 1 and Tier 2 will depend on the number of hours an eligible employee works. Eligible employees who worked for 80 hours or more in the four weeks of pay periods before either 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020 (Tier 1), and those who worked less (Tier 2).

Tier 1 is now based at $1200 per fortnight (before tax) which is $300 less than JobKeeper Phase 1. JobKeeper Phase 1 paid $1500 before tax. SSI supplements the shortfall for all staff expect those on JobKeeper enabled stand down.