JobKeeper pay seems light on?

Posted on
June 2, 2020
Social Community and Disability Sector

Check the amount!

It’s important to check payslips to ensure employers are passing on the full JobKeeper amount.
HACSU recently got a call from a member who'd queried their JobKeeper payments with their employer, who told them they could average their payments over a 4-week period. The employer said they had been paid over $3000 and the employee was not entitled to a top up in any fortnight that was below $1500 - but this is wrong - the employer must staff at least $1500 per fortnight, no exceptions.
After extensive correspondence the employer finally conceded they were incorrect and made a payment of over $500 to correct this
If you're receiving JobKeeper payments, your employer:

  • Must pay you at least $1500 per fortnight, no exceptions
  • Must pay your full wages if you earn more than $1500 in a fortnight
  • Can’t reduce your hourly wage
  • Can’t pick and choose which eligible employees receive JobKeeper
  • Must keep paying superannuation on your ordinary earnings
  • Must keep paying your penalty rates
  • Can’t deduct an ‘administration fee’ or ask you to pay back any portion of your JobKeeper payment or regular wages
  • Must ensure full-time and part-time employees keep accruing annual leave, even if they've been stood down
  • Can’t mistreat you for standing up for your rights at work

Anyone who needs more information, please contact HACSU on 1300 880 032 or

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector