Australia government relief guide
As part of our global efforts to help support driver and delivery partners during the COVID-19 crisis, Uber is working to gather up-to-date information about government financial support that you may be eligible for and how you can request it.
In this guide, we’ll provide access to resources to help you understand some of the support that is currently available.¹
Not in Australia? Go here to find information for other locations.
The Australian Government has introduced a new payment for businesses and self-employed workers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - the JobKeeper payment. Self-employed workers (‘sole traders’) may be eligible to claim $1,500 a fortnight (before tax) for up to 6 months under the new scheme if their turnover has reduced.
Find out if you’re eligible for JobKeeper
- As a sole trader, you can access information about your eligibility to the JobKeeper payment in this guide from Airtax. Airtax Guide >
- If you also have an employer, you will only be able to access the JobKeeper payment through your employer and not as a sole trader. You should contact your employer for more information on accessing the JobKeeper payment.
- View JobKeeper Payment information in other languages here.
There are ongoing requirements to ensure you remain eligible for the JobKeeper payment. View the following articles from Airtax with guidance on this:
Enrol for Jobkeeper
Airtax has put together the following guides to assist sole traders to enrol:
To enrol for the JobKeeper payment and view the ATO's guide on the enrolment application for sole traders, follow the link below.
Support for individuals and households
The Australian Government has also announced a number of additional measures to support people financially, including self-employed individuals like driver and delivery partners. These measures include:
- Temporarily expanding eligibility for some income support payments to make them easier to claim;
- Establishing a time-limited, fortnightly $550 Coronavirus Supplement;
- Providing two separate $750 payments to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders;
- Allowing temporary early releases of superannuation.
Learn more about financial support for individuals and households here.
For further information, and to check if you may be eligible, head to the Services Australia website below.
Other available support
Instant Asset Write-Off
The Australian Government’s instant asset write-off threshold has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000. This applies from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020, for new or second‑hand assets first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe.
Support from Airtax
Airtax is discounting your January-March BAS lodgement (for GST-registered partners) to $19 (usually $49), and offering a free 10-minute consultation with an accountant if you have questions, including questions about potential government subsidies.
Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme
The Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme will support up to $40 billion of lending to provide businesses, including sole traders, with funding to meet immediate cash flow needs.
The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has announced that Australian banks will provide supplementary relief packages for individuals and businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
The Federal Government is making Australian childcare services free for eligible families during the coronavirus crisis. This means eligible families won’t need to pay child care fees if they access child care between 6 April and 28 June 2020.
Government subsidised short courses
The Government is working with education providers to offer significantly discounted online short courses for a limited time to support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis.
The courses are in areas such as teaching, health, science, and information technology.
Support in your state or territory
State and territory governments are also developing support measures for individuals affected by COVID-19 and experiencing financial difficulty.
We encourage driver and delivery partners to continue checking relevant websites to stay up to date with changes and new measures being implemented.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What information do I need to register my interest to receive the JobKeeper payment?
You will need to provide an Australian Business Number (ABN) to the ATO to register your interest to receive the JobKeeper payment. You can find your ABN (as declared to Uber) in the “Invoice settings” tab of your Partner Dashboard, on your lodged Business Activity Statements, or by checking the ABN Lookup tool.
You will also need to provide the business name associated with your ABN, your contact name, and your preferred email address and mobile phone number.
If you need to substantiate the amounts submitted in your BAS, you can also find your trip invoices on your partner dashboard.
- The ATO is telling me to send a form to Uber. What email address do I send this form to?
It’s possible that the ATO has misunderstood your personal circumstance. As a rideshare partner, you are considered a ‘sole trader’, not an ‘employee’ - and therefore you should apply and your eligibility should be assessed as such. See the appropriate links above in relation to enrolling as a ‘sole trader’ in the ‘Jobkeeper Payment’ section.
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