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Super payment rules

Superannuation dates and more

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Superannuation guarantee payment dates

Quarter Superannuation contributions due date Super guarantee charge due date
1 July – 30 September 28 October 28 November
1 October – 31 December 28 January 28 February
1 January – 31 March 28 April 28 May
1 April – 30 June 28 July 28 August

Do I need to pay superannuation?

Generally, an employer must pay super for an employee if the employee is over 18 years old. It doesn’t matter if they are full time, part time or casual, or if they are a temporary resident of Australia – they’re still entitled to receive superannuation contributions. If the employee is under 18 years of age, and they do not work more than 30 hours in a week you are not compelled to pay super contributions, however you can pay super to these employees if you wish to, or if payment is required under the terms of a workplace agreement. 

Contractors who earn most of their income by providing a service to your business, might also be eligible for super contributions from you. If they are paid entirely or principally by you for their personal labour and skills, they perform the contract work personally or they’re paid for the hours worked rather than to achieve a result, then they’re considered an employee for super purposes and, as such, entitled to super guarantee contributions under the same rules as employees.

What does Ordinary Time Earnings mean?

The super contribution payment is based on an employee’s ordinary time earnings which is usually the amount an employee earns from their ordinary hours of work. It includes: 

  • Commissions
  • Certain allowances
  • Paid leave
  • Shift loadings 

It does not include: 

  • Irregular overtime payments
  • Performance based bonuses
  • Termination payments 
  • Fully expended expense allowances, such as car allowances
  • Reimbursed expenses
  • Benefits subject to fringe benefits tax
  • Jury top-up payments
  • Parental leave payments
  • Annual leave loading
  • Accrued annual leave, long service leave and sick leave paid as a termination lump sum
  • Redundancy payments
  • Gratuities
  • Dividends
  • Partnership and trust distributions
  • Restraint of trade agreement payments
  • Payments for domestic or private work under 30 hours a week

Are there exceptions?

The maximum super guarantee amount an employer is required to contribute is the equivalent of 10.5% of $60,220 per quarter (equivalent to $240,880 for the year), which works out to be a contribution of $6,323.10 per quarter.

Are there other types of superannuation payments?

Generally there are two types of payments:

  • Compulsory Super Guarantee contributions
    The mandatory contribution you make to your employees’ superfunds set as a percentage of their regular wage.
  • Reportable superannuation contributions
    In most cases, the extra voluntary payments made at the request of an employee out of their wage. The most common of these is salary sacrificing.