JobKeeper - Fortnights


The information below is sourced from the JOBKEEPER FactSheet and JOBKEEPER Extension Payment FactSheet provided by the ATO for Software Developers. The information shows the defined fortnightly periods and JobKeeper Codes to be used for all claims. See ATO website for more information about JobKeeper Fortnights.


JobKeeper (original)


For payroll cycles, pay the $1,500 for each fixed JobKeeper fortnightly period where:

Weekly pays - $1,500 across the paydays within each JobKeeper fortnight period, including any out of cycle payments. Example: if weekly payday is on Wednesdays, then there are 2 paydays (1/4 and 8/4) within Fortnight 01, so total pay per eligible employee must be at least $1,500 for those 2 pays. It may be evenly split ($750/pay) or the second pay must make up at least the total $1,500 ($400 then $1,100)

Fortnightly pays - $1,500 for the paydays within each JobKeeper fortnight, including any out of cycle payments

Monthly pays – at least $1,500 for each full JobKeeper fortnight within the month. This will be $3,000 for each month except August, that has 3 full fortnights. The employer may choose to pay $3,250 each month, but reimbursements are based only upon complete fortnights per month.

Other frequencies – ensuring that the paydays that fall with the fortnight include a payment of at least $1,500 per fortnight.



For all employees, to inform the number of fixed fortnightly periods from which the payment started, the following Other Allowances may also be reported:

• To indicate the first JobKeeper fortnightly period for which the subsidy is payable, report the Other Allowance Type Description as exactly: JOBKEEPER-START-FNXX where “XX” refers to the fortnightly periods from which the payment first started. For example, JOBKEEPER-START-FN01 to indicate the payment applies from the 1st (30/03 to 12/04) of the 13 JobKeeper fortnights. Deviations from this exact description, including failure to use 2-char to indicate the period number, may significantly delay or prevent reimbursement. The allowance amount should be reported as zero

• To indicate any exit of eligibility or termination of the employee, report the Other Allowance Type Description as exactly: JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FNXX where “XX” refers to the first fortnightly period to which the payment no longer applies. For example, if an employee ceases working on 04/06, then JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN06 indicates the 6th of 13 JobKeeper fortnights was the first fortnight for which the subsidy will not be reimbursed to the employer. The allowance amount should be reported as zero.


JobKeeper START/FINISH Codes



Example Start

For example, use JOBKEEPER-START-FN01 to indicate the payment applies from the 1st (30/03/2020 to 12/04/2020) of the 13 original JobKeeper fortnights.  


Example Finish

For example, if an employee ceases working on 04/06/20, then JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN06 indicates the 6th of 13 JobKeeper fortnights was the first fortnight for which the subsidy will not be reimbursed to the employer. 




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JobKeeper START/FINISH Codes



Example Start

For example, use JOBKEEPER-START-FN15 to indicate the payment applies from the 2nd (12/10/2020 to 125/10/2020) of the 13 JobKeeper Extension fortnights.


Example Finish

For example, if an employee ceases working on 30/10/2020, then JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN17 indicates the 17th of 26 JobKeeper fortnights was the first fortnight for which the subsidy will not be reimbursed to the employer.