According to the Australian Business Software Industry Association, currently around 12 major software platforms are compliant with the government’s JobKeeper program, with more coming online each day.
Agile software developers have worked around the clock, cancelling Easter holidays to ensure Australian software providers are JobKeeper ready, ABSIA director Matthew Prouse said.
“It’s one less thing that small business people have to worry about,” Mr Prouse said.
“We appreciate the terrible circumstances of COVID-19. It has shown up remarkable responses from the software industry and the ATO.”
Mr Prouse said the industry’s response to the JobKeeper challenge has been a positive story about an unparalleled co-operation with the ATO “to build real and practical solutions that business people can use right now”.
“It’s an agile software developer’s dream job: a highly important, adrenaline-pumping problem that needed a fast solution. We’ve responded with passion and energy.”
Mr Prouse also applauded the ATO’s digital partnership office which has taken existing systems at the ATO and “bent” them to fit the current crisis.
Enrolling in JobKeeper
On Monday, the ATO started taking its first enrolments in the government’s $1,500 wage subsidy program.
And to ease enrolment, over the weekend the Tax Office published several guides providing a high-level summary of the JobKeeper payment scheme for sole traders, employers reporting through STP and employers not reporting through STP.
The ATO pointed out that businesses using STP-enabled payroll software that has been updated with JobKeeper functionality are able to identify their eligible employees and update the ATO directly through their software.
However, those that use STP-enabled software that has not been updated with JobKeeper will need to select their eligible employees from a list prefilled from their STP pay reports, or add up to 40 employees that are potentially eligible but not prefilled.
You can access the ATO’s JobKeeper guides here.