Information for eligible financial service providers

Published 16 September 2020 | Updated 18 September 2020

Find out about the 10% decline in turnover test for legacy employers and the rules eligible financial service providers need to follow when providing a 10% decline in turnover certificate.

10% decline in turnover test

Legacy employers can use some of the JobKeeper provisions from 28 September 2020 (with some changes) if they can demonstrate a 10% decline in turnover (turnover test).

To satisfy the turnover test, a legacy employer needs to demonstrate at least a 10% decline in their actual GST turnover for a relevant previous 2020 completed quarter when compared to the same quarter from 2019. Legacy employers need a certificate confirming this from an eligible financial service provider, or they can choose to make a statutory declaration if they are a small business employer.

Legacy employers who want to use the JobKeeper provisions from 28 September 2020 need to get a certificate first.

In order to continue using the JobKeeper provisions for the next relevant period, legacy employers need to:

  • satisfy the turnover test for the next quarter
  • get a new certificate or make a new statutory declaration confirming this decline for that quarter.

For information about how to apply a turnover test and what needs to be included when calculating GST turnover, go to the ATO website – Actual decline in turnover test external-icon.png.

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Decline in turnover certificate

Employers need to get a certificate from an eligible financial service provider that confirms the employer has satisfied the turnover test for the quarter. The certificate is issued under section 789GCD of the Fair Work Act only for the purpose of qualifying for the extended JobKeeper provisions as a legacy employer.

Small business employers can make a statutory declaration instead of getting a certificate. For more information go to Statutory declarations

In order to use the JobKeeper provisions in the periods below, legacy employers need to have a certificate for the relevant quarters before the start of each period. 

Period for JobKeeper direction or agreement Quarter to meet 10% decline in turnover test  Comparison quarter 
28 September to 27 October 2020 (inclusive) June 2020 June 2019
28 October 2020 to 27 February 2021 (inclusive) September 2020 September 2019
28 February to 28 March 2021 (inclusive) December 2020 December 2019

The certificate needs to:

  • be issued by an eligible financial service provider
  • be issued in relation to the employer
  • confirm that the employer has satisfied the turnover test for the relevant quarter.

An eligible financial service provider means:

  • registered tax agents
  • registered BAS agents
  • qualified accountants.

An eligible financial service provider can’t be:

  • a director or employee of the employer
  • an associated entity of the employer
  • a director or employee of an associated entity of the employer.

A certificate is issued based on the information provided by the employer. In providing a certificate, an eligible financial service provider needs to comply with their usual legal and professional obligations. Eligible financial service providers aren’t required to complete an audit or assurance engagement of the employer’s accounts and records in order to issue a certificate.

There may be penalties for employers who knowingly provide false or misleading information to the eligible financial service provider, or knowingly make or keep false or misleading employee records.

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Template turnover certificate

The requirements of the 10% decline in turnover certificate are outlined in section 789GDC of the Fair Work Act. To help legacy employers and eligible financial service providers, we’ve developed a template certificate that we consider meets the requirements of that section. Legacy employers and eligible financial service providers aren’t required to use this template.

Download our 10% decline in turnover template certificate (DOCX 101.9KB) (PDF 484.1KB). The template certificate includes instructions about how to complete the certificate and where to go if you need help.

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