By Aline Rodrigues
The Federal Government has facilitated the qualification requirements for charity workers to be eligible for the JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy.
It means, according to the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, all charities that are registered with the national regulator will be eligible for the Morrison Government’s $130 billion jobKeeper payment if they have suffered a 15 per cent decline in turnover as a result of the coronavirus.
“Legislation to be introduced into the Parliament this week will include a concessional test for ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) registered charities given the benefit they provide to the Australian community,” Mr Frydenberg said in a statement.
“A reduced threshold at which a charity is considered to be substantially affected by the coronavirus, as compared to businesses and other not-for-profits, will support a sector which is expected to have a significant increase in demand for its services”.
The Government had been negotiating with the ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service), the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Services Australia.
There are more than 57,000 charities in Australia, employing more than 1.3 million people registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, providing services ranging from mental health support to access to food for vulnerable Australians.
The JobKeeper payment will provide around 6 million workers with a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer.
The $1,500 payment is the equivalent of around 70% of the national median wage.
Eligible businesses and charities can apply for the payment online and are able to register their interest via www.ato.gov.au.