Canberra JobKeeker Payment

JobKeeper Scheme – Leave Entitlements

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published further information regarding leave and the JobKeeper allowance.

The main points to note are:

  • Employers can request employees to take annual leave during the JobKeeper period. The employee cannot reasonably refuse, however, the employee must be left with a minimum two weeks annual leave.
  • Employees can agree to take leave at half their usual rate during the JobKeeper period.
  • Employees who are on reduced (or no) hours of work during the JobKeeper period will continue to accrue leave based on their normal hours worked.
  • Employees are entitled to take sick and carers leave as per usual during the JobKeeper period.

To support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper Scheme in Australian workplaces, temporary provisions have been added to the Fair Work Act. The provisions apply until 28th September, 2020.

Click here to read more about annual leave and other paid and unpaid leave options for qualifying employers and their eligible employees accessing the JobKeeper Scheme.


If you have any queries, please email: or contact your Accountant directly via email.

This is a general summary only. Current as at 1st May, 2020. For more information, please contact your Accountant.