The Parliament has now passed the Morrison Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment which will help support jobs, families and businesses across the country.
This unprecedented level of financial support will save millions of jobs and keep families together, businesses in business and preserve the productive capacity of the Australian economy, including in the electorate of Barker.
The $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment is the equivalent of about 70 per cent of the median wage and represents about 100 per cent of the median wage in some of the most heavily affected sectors, such as retail, hospitality and tourism.
It will be available to full-time and part-time workers, sole traders and casuals who have been with their employer for 12 months or more. Importantly, it will apply to the many Australians working in the not for profit sector.
Combined with the Government’s previous actions, this totals $320 billion or 16.4 per cent of GDP in economic support to Australian businesses, households and individuals affected by the Coronavirus puts Australia in the best possible position to bounce back stronger than ever.
“Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures,” Tony Pasin, Member for Barker said.
“The JobKeeper Payment is an economic lifeline for millions of Australian workers and their families, including in Barker.
“This is vital in Barker and across Australia as we prepare to meet the challenges of today and position ourselves for recovery”.
For further information on coronavirus and the Morrison Government’s support measures visit australia.gov.au.