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The JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme is a government incentive that encourages businesses to employ job seekers aged 16–35.

Eligible businesses can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible employee hired between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021.

For all the details, visit the ATO website.

Terminating a JobMaker employee or updating their details? See the FAQs below for details.

Key points
  • DO NOT manually create pay items for JobMaker
  • Nominate and declare eligible employees via Single Touch Payroll reporting
  • Pay eligible employees as normal and claim a credit from the ATO for each JobMaker period
  • Credits are $200/week for eligible additional employees aged 16–29, and $100/week for those aged 30–35
  • You cannot claim JobKeeper and JobMaker at the same time.
 

Let's dive right in.

1. Check if your business is eligible

Visit the ATO website to check if your business is eligible for JobMaker. If eligible, you'll need to register for JobMaker with the ATO. You only need to register once.

Make sure you register before the due date for the first JobMaker period you're claiming for. See all JobMaker key dates.

You don't need to be registered before you hire eligible employees.

2. Check if an employee is eligible

You can only claim JobMaker payments for eligible employees.

According to the ATO, employees are eligible if they:

  • are an employee of your business during the JobMaker period
  • are aged 16–35 years old when they started employment
  • started employment between 7 October 2020 and 7 October 2021
  • worked or have been paid for an average of at least 20 hours per week they were employed in the JobMaker period
  • have completed a JobMaker Hiring Credit employee notice for the employer
  • have not already provided a JobMaker Hiring Credit employee notice to another current employer
  • received one of these payments for at least 28 consecutive days (or 2 fortnights) in the 84 days (or 6 fortnights) prior to starting employment
    • JobSeeker Payment
    • Parenting Payment
    • Youth Allowance (except if they were receiving the allowance because they were undertaking full-time study or are a new apprentice).
3. Nominate eligible employees

You need to nominate your eligible employees to let the ATO know they're part of the JobMaker scheme. You'll do this only once for each employee.

Before nominating

Make sure each eligible employee has completed a JobMaker employee notice to verify they meet the eligibility requirements. You don't need to send the completed notice to the ATO but keep a copy for your records. To learn more about the employee notice or to download a sample, visit the ATO website.

To be able to claim JobMaker payments for an employee, nominate them before the due date for their first JobMaker period.

JobMaker period

JobMaker period dates

Due date for nominating employees

1

7 Oct 2020 – 6 Jan 2021

27 Apr 2021

2

7 Jan 2021 – 6 Apr 2021

28 Jul 2021

3

7 Apr 2021 – 6 Jul 2021

28 Oct 2021

4

7 Jul 2021 – 6 Oct 2021

28 Jan 2022

5

7 Oct 2021 – 6 Jan 2022

27 Apr 2022

6

7 Jan 2022 – 6 Apr 2022

28 Jul 2022

7

7 Apr 2022 – 6 July 2022

28 Oct 2022

8

7 Jul 2022 – 6 Oct 2022

28 Jan 2023

To nominate an employee
  1. In MYOB Essentials, go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

    Employee missing? Make sure they have a valid Date of Birth and Start Date in their employee record and you've paid them during the JobMaker period.

  3. For each eligible employee:
    1. Click the ellipsis and choose Nominate employee.
    2. If the employee had previously been nominated for JobMaker but left your business, but has now returned and you're renominating them, select this option.
    3. Click Nominate.
    4. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.
  4. Repeat for each eligible employee.

You'll see the date each employee was nominated.

Checking nomination status

You can check an employee's nomination status via ATO online services or the Business portal.

To remove a nomination

If you accidentally nominated an employee, you can remove their nomination. This removes the employee from the JobMaker scheme. If an employee stops working for you, you don't need to remove their nomination—just stop declaring their eligibility.

  1. In MYOB Essentials, go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. Click the ellipsis for the employee and choose Remove nomination.
  4. If the employee had been re-nominated, select this option.
  5. Click Remove.
  6. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.

You'll see the date the employee's nomination was removed.

Checking nomination status

You can check an employee's nomination status via ATO online services or the Business portal.

To renominate a returning employee

If an employee who was previously nominated for JobMaker left your business and has now returned, you can renominate them.

  1. In MYOB Essentials, go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. Click the ellipsis and choose Nominate employee.
  4. Select this option.
  5. Click Nominate.
  6. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.
4. Declare employee eligibility for a claim period

If a nominated employee has completed a minimum average of 20 hours of work per week across a JobMaker period, you can declare this to the ATO each JobMaker period. You can work out an employee's average hours (either worked or paid) by dividing the total hours worked by the number of weeks in the JobMaker period.

To learn more about eligible employees and the minimum hours requirement, visit the ATO website.

For hourly-based employees, run the Past pay runs report for the JobMaker period to see their paid hours (Reports menu > All reports Past pay runs). For salaried employees, check the hours per week in their employee record (Payroll menu > Employees > click the employee > Employee details tab).

Here are the due dates for declaring employee eligibility for each JobMaker period.

JobMaker period

JobMaker period dates

Due date for declaring employee eligibility

1

7 Oct 2020 – 6 Jan 2021

27 Apr 2021

2

7 Jan 2021 – 6 Apr 2021

28 Jul 2021

3

7 Apr 2021 – 6 Jul 2021

28 Oct 2021

4

7 Jul 2021 – 6 Oct 2021

28 Jan 2022

5

7 Oct 2021 – 6 Jan 2022

27 Apr 2022

6

7 Jan 2022 – 6 Apr 2022

28 Jul 2022

7

7 Apr 2022 – 6 July 2022

28 Oct 2022

8

7 Jul 2022 – 6 Oct 2022

28 Jan 2023

To declare an employee's eligibility:

  1. In MYOB Essentials, go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. For each eligible employee:
    1. Click the ellipsis and choose Declare for claim period.
    2. Click Declare.
    3. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.
  4. Repeat for each eligible employee you need to declare.

 You'll see the date each employee's declaration was sent.

To remove an employee's declaration

If you accidentally sent a declaration to the ATO for an ineligible employee, you can remove the declaration.

  1. In MYOB Essentials, go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. Click the ellipsis for the employee and choose Remove declaration.
  4. Click Remove.
  5. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.
5. Claim JobMaker payments

You can make your JobMaker claims online with the ATO via either:

Your registered tax or BAS agent can also submit your claim for you.

Here are the dates you can submit your claim for each JobMaker period:

Period

JobMaker period

STP reporting due date

Claim period

1

7 October 2020 – 6 January 2021

27 April 2021

1 February 2021 – 30 April 2021

2

7 January 2021 – 6 April 2021

28 July 2021

1 May 2021 – 31 July 2021

3

7 April 2021 – 6 July 2021

28 October 2021

1 August 2021 – 31 October 2021

4

7 July 2021 – 6 October 2021

28 January 2022

1 November 2021 – 31 January 2022

5

7 October 2021 – 6 January 2022

27 April 2022

1 February 2022 – 30 April 2022

6

7 January 2022 – 6 April 2022

28 July 2022

1 May 2022 – 31 July 2022

7

7 April 2022 – 6 July 2022

28 October 2022

1 August 2022 – 31 October 2022

8

7 July 2022 – 6 October 2022

28 January 2023

1 November 2022 – 31 January 2023

Learn all about the claims process on the ATO website.

6. Set up an account to receive JobMaker payments

To keep track of the JobMaker payments you receive from the ATO, you'll need a new income account. Remember—you'll pay your eligible employees as normal under JobMaker, then you'll claim a credit from the ATO each quarter.

You can set up this account as an "other income" type account (8-xxxx), but you could also set it up as an income account type (4-xxxx). If you're not sure which account type best suits your business, check with an accounting advisor.

  1. Click your business name and choose Accounts list.
  2. Click Add new. The Add new box appears, in the Accounts tab.

    Don’t use your real account number for bank and credit card accounts

    The number you enter here is only used for tracking the account in MYOB Essentials. You don’t need to use your real bank or credit card account number.

  3. Enter the Name as JOBMAKER CLAIMS RECEIVED.

  4. Choose Other Income from the Type list.
  5. Choose NTR from the Tax Rate list.
  6. Click Save to add the account.
    Here's our example:

7. Receive JobMaker payments from the ATO

The JobMaker payments you receive from the ATO will be deposited into your nominated bank account.

How you record these payments depends on whether or not you have a bank feed set up on that account.

If you use bank feeds

If you use bank feeds

The deposits from the ATO will appear in MYOB Essentials when your bank feed transactions appear.

  • If you've already recorded a Receive Money transaction for the deposit (as described below), you can match the bank feed transaction to it.
  • If you haven't already recorded a Receive Money transaction for the deposit, you can allocate the deposit to the income account you created earlier. For details about allocating, see Allocating bank transactions.
If you don't use bank feeds

You'll need to manually record a receive money transaction, like this:

  1. Create a receive money transaction (Banking menu> Receive money). Need a refresher?
  2. In the Deposit into field, select the account the money is being deposited into.
  3. In the Notes field, enter a description for this transaction.
  4. If you've set up the Australian Government or the ATO as a contact, choose it from the Payer list. You can add a new payer by clicking Add customer from the Payer list and entering their details.
  5. In the Allocate to field, select the income account you created earlier.
  6. In the Amount column, enter the JobMaker payment amount you've received.
    Here's our example:
  7. Click Save.

  FAQs


How do I update a nominated employee's details?

How do I update a nominated employee's details?

If you've nominated an employee for JobMaker but need to change some of their details, change those details in the employee's record (Payroll > Employees > click to open the employee's record and update the required details > Save).

If you've updated the employee's tax file number, date of birth or start date, you'll also need to notify the ATO. You'll do this by recording a zero dollar pay and submitting an updated JobMaker nomination date.

1. Record a zero dollar pay

A zero dollar pay is a like any other pay for the employee, but without any hours or amounts. When the pay is reported to the ATO, the employee's updated details will also be sent.

  1. Start a pay run as normal. Need a refresher?
  2. Choose today's date as the Pay on date.
  3. Select the employee whose details you've updated then click Start pay run.
  4. Open the employee's pay and remove all hours and amounts. The pay totals should all be 0.00.
  5. Continue processing the pay as normal, including reporting it to the ATO via STP. Need a refresher?
2. Submit an updated JobMaker nomination date

You now need to submit an updated JobMaker nomination date to the ATO—like this:

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. Click the ellipsis for the employee whose details you updated and choose Update employee details.
  4. If the employee has been re-nominated for JobMaker (after previously being nominated then leaving your business then returning), select this option.
  5. Click Notify ATO.
  6. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.

You'll notice the employee's nomination date has now updated to today's date.

What if an employee works less than a minimum average of 20 hours of work per week in a JobMaker period?

This means the employee isn't eligible for a JobMaker payment for that period. Therefore you wouldn't submit a declaration for them for that period.

Can I nominate an employee who I've paid prior to 7 October 2020?

First, confirm with the ATO if the employee is eligible to be nominated for JobMaker.

If they are, you'll need to:

  1. Change the Start date in the employee's details to 7 October 2020 (Payroll > Employees > click the employee's name > Employee details tab > change Start date to 07/10/2020 > Save).
  2. Click the employee's name again and change the Start date back to their actual start date, then click Save.
  3. Run a zero dollar pay for the employee. This is like a regular pay, but remove all hours and amounts (including leave, super and accruals) so the net pay is $0.00. Finish processing the pay like any other and declare it to the ATO.
  4. You can now nominate the employee for JobMaker as described above.
How do I terminate an employee on JobMaker?

How do I terminate an employee on JobMaker?

Terminating an employee who is on JobMaker is much the same as terminating any other employee, but with one additional task.

First, follow all the steps to process the employee's final payments and notify the ATO of the termination. For all the details see Terminate an employee in Single Touch Payroll reporting.

Then, submit an updated JobMaker nomination date for the employee as shown below.

You'll also need to complete the steps below if you remove an employee's termination from the Payroll reporting centre.

 

To submit an updated JobMaker nomination date:

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click the JobMaker tab.

  3. Click the ellipsis for the terminated employee and choose Update employee details.
  4. If the employee had been re-nominated for JobMaker (after previously being nominated then leaving your business then returning), select this option.
  5. Click Notify ATO.
  6. Enter the name of the Authorised sender and click Send.

You'll notice the employee's nomination date has now updated to today's date.

And you're done!