The JobSaver program provides NSW businesses, sole traders and not-for-profits impacted by recent COVID-19 restrictions with fortnightly payments to maintain the 13 July 2021 employee headcount.

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

Applications opened on 26 July 2021 and close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021. Payments will be backdated to 18 July 2021.

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.

Weekly payroll should generally be determined by referring to the most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) provided to the ATO before 26 June 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year.

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.

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a business must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be 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 period (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.

Note: Each ABN can apply for JobSaver only once, therefore separate businesses under one ABN will not be eligible separately.

Evidence to support eligibility

If your business is on the highly impacted industries list, you will 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 will need to:

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

Alternative circumstances

If your business does not meet all the eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply for JobSaver if you can provide evidence to support the alternative circumstances outlined in the guidelines.

What you need

  • A MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your JobSaver application
  • your proof of identity
  • your valid ABN/ACN number
  • your business banking details for payment
  • evidence of your annual turnover and loss of income
  • Australian income tax return or Notice of Assessment
  • qualified accountant, registered tax agent or registered BAS agent details, where required.

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

How to apply

Details of JobSaver Payment can be accessed here.                                 

The application can be lodged online through Service NSW website. Or if you are not able to apply online, you can call 13 77 88.

If you would like any further information or assistance with JobSaver Payment please contact us on 1300 885 761.