JobKeeper Payment: A guide for NSW and ACT Baptist Churches (including step-by-step process)

Jobkeeper Extension

The Australian go􏰌vernment has announced an ex􏰇tension to the JobKeeper Pa􏰃yments to 28 March 2021. The e􏰇xisting JobKeeper Pa􏰃ment w􏰍ill remain in place until 27 September 2020 􏰍with no changes to the requirements.

The pa􏰃ment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible emplo􏰃yees and business participants 􏰍will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 and to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 Januar􏰃y 2021. From 28 September 2020, lo􏰍wer pa􏰃yment rates 􏰍will appl􏰃y for emplo􏰃ees and business participants that 􏰍worked few􏰍er than 20 hours per 􏰍week. Emplo􏰃yers 􏰍will be required to reassess their eligibilit􏰃y 􏰍with reference to actual turno􏰌ver instead of projected turnov􏰌er. For further information refer to the Treasur􏰃 􏰍ebsite https://treasury􏰃.gov􏰌.au/coronav􏰌irus/jobkeeper/e􏰇xtension .

The JobKeeper Pa􏰃ment 􏰍will continue to remain open to new􏰍 recipients, pro􏰌ided they􏰃 meet the ex􏰇isting eligibility􏰃 requirements and the additional turno􏰌ver requirements during the ex􏰇tension period.

For information on the JobKeeper Pa􏰃ment including eligibility􏰃, how􏰍 to enrol and how􏰍 to pay􏰃 􏰃our emplo􏰃yees and a step by􏰃 step guide, please 􏰌see below.

Jobkeeper Overview

The Australian government has passed legislation for a wage subsidy (the JobKeeper Payment) that will be paid to eligible employers, providing $1,500 per fortnight for each eligible employee for up to 26 weeks (13 fortnights) commencing 30 March 2020.

This document outlines eligibility criteria, how to work out fall in turnover and practical steps on how to enrol and make claims. There are also examples as a guide that are relevant for most Baptist Churches in NSW and ACT.

Urgent action is required if your church wishes to claim from commencement date with a 30 April 2020 deadline.

We encourage you to read through this information carefully.

We are able to assist with a payroll consultations to ensure that your church’s reporting for JobKeeper Payment is set up correctly through Balance Ministry Services. Please email inquiries to

If you have any specific queries which are not addressed in this document that are specific to your church please email

We look forward to continuing to support you during this time.

Is your church on top of its financial situation?
Balance Ministry Services is here to support your ministry with accounting and bookkeeping services.
Including: Single-touch Payroll, Bookkeeping Accounts Payable and Receivable. We can also help ensure your church’s reporting for JobKeeper Payment is set up correctly!
JobKeepers Q&A Session