5676.0.55.003 - Business Indicators, Business Impacts of COVID-19, April 2020  
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Business Response to JobKeeper Payment Scheme

Employment intention decisions

More than two in five businesses (44%) reported that the announcement of the JobKeeper Payment scheme influenced their decision to continue to employ staff.

A greater proportion of small (0-19 persons) and medium businesses (20-199 persons) (both 45%), compared to large businesses (200 or more persons employed) (32%), reported that the JobKeeper Payment scheme influenced their decision to continue to employ staff.

Businesses in Accommodation and food services were the most likely to report the JobKeeper Payment scheme having influenced their employment decisions (67%).


Employment decisions influenced by the JobKeeper Payment scheme, proportion of businesses by industry(a)

The graph presents data on the proportion of all businesses that reported that their employment decisions were influenced by the JobKeeper Payment scheme.



JobKeeper Payment scheme registration

Three in five businesses (61%) reported having registered or intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

By business size, 61% of small, 60% of medium and 45% of large businesses reported having registered or intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

The area of each segment in the diagram below shows the relative share of each industry division of total jobs. The figures within the segments represent the proportion of businesses in each industry that have registered or intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.


Industry share of total jobs(a) and the proportion of businesses that registered or are intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme(b)

The following image represents the industry share of total jobs and the proportion of businesses that registered or are intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.
(a) ABS Cat. No. 6150.0.55.003 - Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Estimates, December.
(b) Proportions are of all businesses.

Four in five businesses in the Construction industry have registered or intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme; this industry represents 8% of total jobs in the economy. By contrast, while the Health care and social assistance industry has the highest share of total jobs in the Australian economy (13% of total jobs), less than half of all businesses in this industry reported having registered or intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

Reasons for not registering for the JobKeeper Payment scheme


Reasons for not registering for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, by employment size(a)(b)

The graph presents the Reasons for not registering for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, by employment size grouping.

Of those businesses that do not intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme (33% of all businesses), the most common reason reported was that the business does not meet the eligibility criteria (55%); large businesses were most likely to report not meeting the eligibility criteria (81%).

By business size, small businesses were most likely to report insufficient cash flow (8%) as a reason for not intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

By industry, of those businesses that do not intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme:

          • businesses in Education and training (97%) were the most likely to report that the business does not meet the eligibility criteria;
          • three in five businesses in Arts and recreation services (58%) reported that none of their employees meet the eligibility criteria;
          • a quarter of businesses in Education and training and Information media and telecommunications (both 24%) reported that they do not have sufficient cash flow to continue paying staff before JobKeeper payments commence; and,
          • difficulty in understanding the eligibility criteria was most likely to be reported by businesses in Other services (19%) and Accommodation and food services (19%).

Reasons for not registering for the JobKeeper Payment scheme

A range of additional comments were provided by the 33% of businesses that reported that they did not intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme. Presented below are comments from those that reported that their business was not eligible. The bigger and bolder words reflect the more common themes identified by businesses.


Image Word Cloud: A range of additional comments were provided by the 39% of businesses that reported that they did not intend to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme.




JobKeeper Payment scheme – expected employee eligibility

Of businesses that reported having registered or intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme:

          • 44% expected all of their employees to be eligible for the scheme;
          • 29% expected more than half their employees to be eligible for the scheme; and,
          • 21% expected less than half of their employees to be eligible for the scheme.

Proportion of business’ employees expected to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, by employment size(a)


Of businesses registered or intending to register for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, 46% of small businesses, 13% of medium businesses and 7% of large businesses reported that they expected all of their employees to be eligible for the scheme.


Proportion of business’ employees expected to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, by industry(a)(b)

The graph presents the Proportion of business’ employees expected to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment scheme, by ANZSIC Industry division.

Industries with the highest proportion of businesses that expected more than half their employees to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment scheme were:
        • Information media and telecommunications (99%);
        • Finance and insurance services (97%); and
        • Electricity gas water and waste services (96%).