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Employer super contributions: How to pay super for your employees

As an employer, you should now be using the Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting scheme—a new way for businesses to report tax and superannuation information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Through STP, you are reporting superannuation information to the ATO, along with salaries & wages and Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding tax when you run your payroll.

You also need to ensure that SG contributions for eligible employees are paid at least four times a year.

What you need to do:

  • It is important that you pay at least 9.5% of your staff member’s ‘ordinary time earnings’ to super.
  • Pay superannuation for each of your employees at least quarterly, before the cut-off date. The cut-off dates are 28 days after the end of each quarter—usually 28 January, April, July and October. You can also consider paying monthly if that suits your payment cycle or bookkeeping better.
  • If you have any contractors, you may need to pay superannuation for them too. There are certain circumstances where you may have to pay superannuation for contractors, so be sure to check with the ATO, or your tax specialist.
  • It is really important that you keep accurate records when it comes to your payments.

With Nationwide Super it’s simple and easy to keep your records up to date and make employer superannuation contributions. Simply use your existing clearing house solution, or the whole process can be managed online through EmployerAccess.

If you have employees that are not members of Nationwide Super, and don’t already have an existing clearing house service, we’ve partnered with SCH Online* to offer you a free ‘clearing house’ solution. It’s where you make one super contribution for all your employees, regardless of which fund their super is with, and we’ll take care of the rest!

Click here for more about SCH Online

For regular super contributions to us, the following payment method is encouraged for our contributing employers:

Telephone and internet banking via BPAY®

BPAY is the quickest and easiest way to pay contributions to your employees’ Nationwide Super accounts.

Using telephone or internet banking from your bank or financial institution, it takes just a few simple steps to make a payment from your business cheque, savings, debit, or transaction account.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Log on to phone or internet banking provided by your financial institution and select BPAY payments
  • Nominate the account you want the contribution to come from (credit card accounts are not permitted)
  • Enter the Biller Code shown below and your business’ unique Biller Ref/Customer Reference Number (CRN)
  • Enter the payment amount and submit the transaction.

NOTE: Employers who were making contributions to Nationwide Super before 1 December 2018 via BPAY should note that your CRN has changed. Please login to your online account to see your new CRN.

Biller Code: 185900
Biller Name: Russell Investment Master Trust
Customer Reference Number (CRN): Please login to EmployerAccess or contact Nationwide Super on 1800 025 241 to obtain your unique CRN
® Registered to BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518
Please note that your financial institution may apply payment limits and that it may take up to two days for us to receive your payment, depending on the cut-off time for your financial institution.

Next steps

All contributions need to be accompanied by a Contribution Summary to confirm the payment details. Again, the simplest way to do this is online with EmployerAccess. You can also view your transaction history, update your contact details, and add or delete employees online.

Click here for EmployerAccess

If you would like more information on making contributions or other matters, simply get in touch.

* SCH Online is operated by The Superannuation Clearing House Pty Limited (ABN 15 086 576 721), a corporate authorised representative (representative number 290290) of the product issuer, Pacific Custodians Pty Limited (ABN 66 009 682 866 AFSL 295142).