The JobKeeper package recently announced by the Government provides financial support to organisations to assist with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and will run from 30 March to 27 September 2020 (thirteen fortnights).

We have now determined that the Diocese will be able to participate in the JobKeeper scheme as an eligible employer. As an eligible employer, we will be paid $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee for the duration of the package. Eligible Diocesan employees are employees who: 

Diocesan employees will receive this payment as follows:

No superannuation guarantee payments are required to be paid on any additional payment made because of the JobKeeper Payment.

Please note that employees who presently earn more than $1500 per fortnight before tax and before any salary sacrifice arrangements will not receive an increase in pay, nor will they see a reduction.

So to be clear JobKeeper is an employer subsidy scheme under which employees will be paid at least $1,500 per fortnight.

These funds will be used to offset any reduction of diocesan/parish income that would otherwise be used to contribute towards salaries/stipends.

Synod Office is working to identify eligible employees and ensure that the requirements of the package are met, including topping up previous payments to the minimum required.

It is critical that we identify and confirm the participation of eligible employees before the end of April so that we can ensure everyone who is eligible will receive the benefit.

As part of the application process, every eligible employee must accept a nomination for payment. An email has been sent to all employees on our payroll system, they must be returned electronically no later than 12.00 Friday 24 April 2020

Further detail as to how the JobKeeper reimbursement will be made available to parishes will be provided in a later update.