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Employer obligations

When it comes to paying your employees' super, there's a few things you need to be aware of to ensure you meet your legal obligations. We'll look after the rest!
 

The Superannuation Guarantee (SG)

SG is a compulsory contribution which all employers need to make on behalf of each of their eligible employees. Employer contributions are paid directly to each employee's nominated super fund, or a default fund on their behalf 

Choice of fund

Choice of Fund legislation allows eligible employees to choose the super fund that their super is paid into. As an employer, you are responsible for identifying if your employees are eligible, providing them with a Standard Choice form [PDF112KB] within 28 days of their start date, paying contributions into their chosen fund within two months and selecting a default fund for employees who don't make a choice.

Provide tax file numbers to us

Providing your employees' tax file numbers (TFNs) is very important. If you don’t provide your employees’ TFNs to us, they won’t be able to make any voluntary contributions and may pay more tax on their super than necessary.

When an employee has given you their TFN, the law requires that you pass it on to their super fund. It is generally required that you do this when you next make a contribution for any employee who has given you their TFN.

However, if you receive an employee’s TFN within 14 days of sending your contribution for the employee, then you have up to 14 days from receiving the TFN to pass it on to the fund.

Your TFN responsibilities are to:

  • accept TFNs from your employee,
  • respect the privacy of employees who quote you their TFN, and
  • pass on their TFN when you next make a contribution to the employee’s superannuation fund.

Claim a tax deduction

You can claim a tax deduction for super payments you make for employees in the financial year you make them. Contributions are considered paid when the super fund receives them; it’s not enough that the money has left your bank account. We suggest that you pay before 17 June to allow sufficient time for the funds to be transferred.

SuperStream

SuperStream is the name of the Superannuation Data and Payment standards you need to be compliant with when paying super contributions for your employees. Under SuperStream, you need to to pay your employees’ super contributions online. The Sunsuper clearing house is a simple SuperStream solution with is simple to use and will save you time.

Stay informed

We’ll provide you with an update on any changes in superannuation legislation, provide you with solutions to make it easier to administer your super obligations and offer you practical advice on how you can support your employees' well being.