As an employer you are required by law to pay your employees super contributions. This compulsory contribution is called the Superannuation Guarantee (SG). You must pay 9.5% (increasing in the future) of employees earning base for your employees super to their nominated super fund by the cut-off date each quarter (see below).
For an employee to be eligible for super they must be:
Yes. Your employees are entitled to a choice of fund. Both you and your employees must fill out the Standard Choice Form provided by the Tax Office.
To avoid paying the superannuation guarantee charge to the Tax Office please pay the correct amount of super before the following dates:
|Quater||Date||Quarterly payment cut-off date|
|Quarter 1||1 July - 30 September||28-Oct|
|Quarter 2||1 October - 31 December||28-Jan|
|Quarter 3||1 January - 31 March||28-Apr|
|Quarter 4||1 April - 30 June||28-Jul|
There are significant penalties for not paying contributions to the employee’s nominated fund.
The information provided should not form the sole basis for any action that you take. It is important to first discuss your specific circumstances with your financial adviser.