Getting super payments for employees correct

By  Stephanie Oakley
Category: Business

Paying super is compulsory for all employers, regardless of whether their staff are employed part-time, full-time or contracted.

With regular changes being introduced in regards to super contributions, it can become overwhelming for employers to remain compliant. Employers are required by law to pay all employees super, provided their employees meet certain conditions. To ensure you are meeting your obligations, consider the following tips for paying super.

money in handPaying the right people

Investigate who of your employees are eligible to earn super. Most employees and contractors will be eligible, so hiring individuals under certain

employment terms to avoid paying super can see you end up facing severe fines. You must pay super to contractors if you have a verbal or written contact that is wholly or principally for their labour and if they are carrying out the work themselves. You will also need to pay casual employees super, provided they earn at least $450 per calendar month.

Paying on time

Super payments need to be made, at the very least, quarterly. Quarters are broken up as follows:

  • Quarter one: 1 July - 30 September, due by 28 October
  • Quarter two: 1 October - 31 December, due by 28 January
  • Quarter three: 1 January - 31 March, due by 28 April
  • Quarter four: 1 April - 30 June, due by 28 July

Paying in the right manner

To follow laws and regulations, employers must pay super contributions using the SuperStream. The Government created SuperStream as a measure to improve efficiency. It requires employers to send employees’ information regarding their super entitlements electronically through one channel. It is designed to make the task of paying super easier and more time-resourceful.


Paying to the right place

Most employers allow for employees to choose the super fund in which contributions will be paid to. Since the Government introduced the SuperStream reform, it should not make any difference to employers what funds their employees elect to be paid into. The only stipulation is that the fund must be a complying super fund or retirement savings account.


Paying the correct amount

All employers are legally required to pay all eligible employees 9.5 per cent of their total wage, regardless of how much they earn or their type of employment. Failure to do so will leave an employer susceptible to auditing and heavy fines from the ATO.


If you have any queries about paying your employees superannuation contibution Contact your business adviser.


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