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Sport Wages of NRL and AFL players set to be paid by taxpayer thanks to JobKeeper scheme

10:35  31 march  2020
10:35  31 march  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Six million workers to be paid under govt's $130 billion JobKeeper scheme

  Six million workers to be paid under govt's $130 billion JobKeeper scheme Up to six million workers will receive fortnightly payments under the government's $130 billion JobKeeper scheme. Within an hour of the announcement, 8000 businesses signed up for the JobKeeper allowance which will see them paid $1500 a fortnight for each worker they keep on the books for the next six months. The prime minister stressed the importance of keeping business running amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying “we want to keep the engine of our economy running through this crisis”.

Up to six million workers will receive fortnightly payments under the government's 0 billion JobKeeper scheme . Within an hour of the announcement, 8000 businesses signed up for the JobKeeper allowance which will see them paid 00 a fortnight for each worker they keep on the

Jobs are set to be saved by the new coronavirus rescue package announced Monday. To receive the JobKeeper Payment , employers must: • Register an intention to apply on the ATO website and * Tax relief: if you have a debt to the tax office you can't pay call the Australian Tax Office emergency

Scott Morrison © Getty Images Scott Morrison The Government's proposed JobKeeper payment is set to move the goalposts in desperate negotiations between sporting codes and their players amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the $130 billion measure, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday, $750 per week, per employee, will be paid to businesses affected by the coronavirus downturn so they can in turn pay each of their staff.

It is designed to keep workers employed as the economy suffers through the shutdown, but it also looms as a major bargaining chip in crisis talks underway across sporting codes.

Young people 'paid more not being at work than being at work' with JobKeeper cash

  Young people 'paid more not being at work than being at work' with JobKeeper cash Political strategist Grahame Morris believes the government's JobKeeper paycheck guarantee is "extraordinarily generous," saying there will be a lot of young people "getting paid more not to work than they would have been had they been at work".Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday revealed his government will pay employers to keep their staff on to avoid a mass exodus in the workforce that could see more than a million Australians out of work.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says more than 60,000 businesses have already registered their interest in the government’s 0 billion JobKeeper scheme When asked how long he expected it would take the government to pay off the 0 billion scheme , Mr Frydenberg admitted “it will take years and

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The NRL, like other sports, will lose millions in ticket sales and broadcast revenue if the coronavirus shutdown continues, and some have speculated it may lead to bankruptcy for some clubs.

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In the wake of the JobKeeper announcement, the Rugby League Players Association is updating the financial modelling it is using as it thrashes out a deal with the National Rugby League on a pay cut for players to help the code endure the crisis.

"We are currently reviewing the recent Government announcement regarding subsidies, specifically what our members may be entitled to, and factoring that into our overall payment model," a spokesperson said.

Details of JobKeeper are still emerging, but the ABC has confirmed with the Government that professional athletes will be eligible, potentially saving clubs and governing bodies millions of dollars they would have otherwise paid players.

While the proposal still needs to pass Parliament, in its current form it means about $400,000 could be injected into the NRL every week across the 16 clubs.

It is also available for six months, meaning close to $10 million could end up passing from the Government to the NRL to prop up the game.

That amount is broadly equivalent to one club's entire salary cap for the season and as much as one quarter of the reported value of the rescue package proposed by the Rugby League Commission.

JobSeeker payments will also be made available to coaches and administrative staff who have been stood down, meaning they could be called back and have their jobs sustained in football by the Government handout.

Impact across all codes

Last week the AFL Players Association struck a deal with the AFL for players to take a pay cut of 50 per cent to the end of May and more if postponements continued.

But the new JobKeeper announcement could draw them back to the negotiating table.

With more teams and more players per list than the NRL, the AFL stands to gain even more than the NRL from the JobKeeper announcement — as much as $13 million.

The deal last week included the cancellation of more than $8 million in payments to player injury, hardship, wellbeing and other funds managed by the players association.

The AFL Players Association already intended to work with the AFL on coronavirus-prompted changes to its bargaining agreement, which was due to expire at the end of 2022.

"While the current CBA (collective bargaining agreement) doesn't expire until the end of 2022, the AFLPA and AFL will work through the implications of COVID-19 on the remaining two years of the deal once we have a greater understanding of the financial impact," a spokesperson said.

A-League players stood down by clubs such as Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners may also be eligible for the payment.

It is not clear whether A-League players becoming free agents over the off-season — close to half the workforce — could also benefit.

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