The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has published a new frequently asked question (FAQ) on the interaction between JobKeeper payments and satisfying the "work test" for the purpose of voluntary superannuation contributions.

Where an individual is aged 67–74 and is stood down from their employment due to the impacts of COVID-19 but is in receipt of the JobKeeper payment, APRA says a super fund trustee can accept a personal contribution from that individual under the "work test" rules in reg 7.04 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SIS Regulations).

APRA's view is that where an employer is receiving the JobKeeper wage subsidy for an individual, registrable superannuation entity (RSE) licensees should consider the individual to be "gainfully employed" for the purposes of the "work test", even if that individual has been fully stood down and is not actually performing work. In APRA's view, it is appropriate for an RSE licensee to take this approach because the individual is still employed and is obtaining a valuable benefit from their employer.

APRA has also said that RSE licensees do not need to distinguish between individual members on JobKeeper who are working reduced hours and those who have been stood down, but can assume that all members in receipt of the JobKeeper subsidy satisfy the "work test".

Source: www.apra.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions-superannuation-trustees-response-to-covid-19.