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Former JobKeeper Scheme

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Former JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme

In April 2020, temporary JobKeeper provisions were introduced to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) to support the operation of the JobKeeper scheme in Australian workplaces.

These flexibilities were designed to help employers maintain the viability of their business and to keep employees in jobs. They allowed certain employers to issue directions and make agreements with eligible employees about workplace matters. This included the employee’s hours, duties and locations of work.

The JobKeeper scheme, and the temporary provisions in the Fair Work Act, ended on 28 March 2021.

From 29 March 2021 onwards, employers have not been able to use the JobKeeper provisions and an employee's usual terms and conditions of employment (that applied before the JobKeeper scheme started) have applied.

For more information about terms and conditions of employment, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Independent review into temporary JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act

The Nous Group conducted an independent review of the operation of the temporary JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act as required by the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Act 2020.

The final report of the independent review was tabled in Parliament on 20 October 2020.

Download a copy of the Independent review of the temporary JobKeeper provisions of the Fair Work Act.