The superannuation to which you are entitled will depend on the income you would normally have received, not the income you receive under the JobKeeper scheme. 

If you are working more than 20 hours per week and you normally earn more than $1200 per fortnight, you are entitled to still receive your original wage and superannuation. The JobKeeper scheme means that now the Government will subsidise the first $1200 of your pay through your employer but the remainder of your wages and super beyond $1200 are still the responsibility of your employer. If you work less than 20 hours per week but earn more than $750 per fortnight, then your employer must pay your full wage and superannuation and the first $750 of that is subsidised through the JobKeeper scheme.

If you are working more than 20 hours per week and normally earn less than $1200 per fortnight, you are entitled to the full $1200 but your superannuation contributions will be based on your original wage. The portion of the $1200 per fortnight which is above your normal wage will not attract additional super. You can speak to your employer about contributing more of the $1200 payment to your superannuation rather than using it to top up your wage. If you are working less than 20 hours per week and earning less than $750, the same goes. You are entitled to the full $750 payment but will only receive superannuation contributions based on the hours you work.

If you have been stood down without pay you should be paid the JobKeeper wage subsidy of either $1200 per fortnight or $750 per fortnight depending on whether you work more or less than 20 hours per week normally, but you are not entitled to be paid superannuation on this income. You may talk to your employer about contributing some of the JobKeeper payment into your superannuation account rather than directly paying it to you as a wage. 

If you are concerned about something at work contact your Union or us at the Young Workers Advice Service by emailing youngworkerscbr@unionsact.org.au. We can give you advice about what you are entitled to, and help you decide what to do. We can also direct you to other people who can help.  

To find out more about how to join your union, visit http://www.unionsact.org.au/joinyourunion/ or have a look at our fact sheet here.

Authorised M Harrison for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601.

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