JobMaker Key Points - Administration of JobMaker can be complex

JobMaker Scheme - Key Points

The JobMaker hiring credit scheme is now open for registration.

Here’s a summary of some of the key points around the JobMaker scheme.

If you are considering applying for JobMaker, please take into consideration the administration of JobMaker can be quite complex, so we don't recommend attempting to manage this on your own. Talk to us about how we can assist.

For background, JobMaker was announced by the government in the October 2020 federal budget, and will operate until 6 October 2021.

Key points:

  • Key to the hiring credit scheme is that employers must have added additional employees and also have increased their payroll during the relevant JobMaker period, as compared to a baseline date.
  • The hiring credit is backdated to 7 October 2020 (applying to new employees from that date) and will provide eligible employers with the following payments for up to 12 months for new jobs created from that date.
  • Eligible employees must work an average of at least 20 hours per week over a JobMaker period for the employer to qualify for the payment in respect of that employee. They must have commenced employment between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021, were aged between 16 and 35 years at the time they commenced employment, and worked an average of 20 hours a week for each whole week the individual was employed by the qualifying employer during the JobMaker period.
  • The JobMaker payments for up to 12 months for new jobs created are:
    a) $200 a week for hiring a worker aged 16 to 29 on at least 20 hours a week during the JobMaker period and
    b) $100 a week for those aged 30 to 35 on at least 20 hours a week during the JobMaker period.
  • Employer eligibility criteria are broad. Some employers are specifically excluded. These include:
    • employers who are claiming JobKeeper
    • entities in liquidation or who have entered bankruptcy
    • commonwealth, state, and local government agencies (and entities wholly owned by these agencies)
    • employers subject to the major bank levy, and
    • sovereign entities (except those who are resident Australian entities owned by a sovereign entity).
  • Entitlement to a hiring credit payment is assessed in relation to three-month periods known as “JobMaker periods”. These periods are relevant for the purposes of the additionality criteria (refer first point).
  • Claims can only be made during the claim period. No exemptions or extensions are available. There are strict dates by which claims for a period must be reported by. The credit is paid every 3 months in arrears to employers.

As mentioned at the start, this is a summary of some of the key points around JobMaker. There are many other requirements and a thorough understanding of those requirements are needed to ensure your JobMaker administration is correct. 

Talk to us if you need support in applying for or administering JobMaker.