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Key points
 

The mandatory superannuation you need to pay on top of your employees' wages is called the Superannuation Guarantee and it's currently 10.5% of an employee’s ordinary time earnings (this increased to 11% on 1 July 2023).

If you need to pay more than this minimum rate, see Additional superannuation contributions.

Super not calculating correctly? See Checking and adjusting superannuation.

Superannuation categories

AccountRight comes with a set of superannuation categories which you can use to calculate and track your employees' super payments. This includes a default Superannuation Guarantee category which you can assign to employees who are entitled to these contributions.

To view the superannuation categories, go to the Payroll command centre and click Payroll Categories then click the Superannuation tab.

default super categoriy list

These superannuation categories can be set up to suit your needs, or you can create new ones.

Single Touch Payroll

Don't forget to select the ATO Reporting Category for each superannuation category you use. If unsure, check with your accounting advisor or the ATO.

Learn more about assigning ATO reporting categories for Single Touch Payroll reporting.

To assign the super guarantee category to an employee

To assign the super guarantee category to an employee

  1. Go to the Payroll command centre and click Payroll Categories. The Payroll Category List window appears.

  2. Click the Superannuation tab.
  3. Click the zoom arrow to open the Superannuation Guarantee category.
    List of super categories with superannuation guarantee category highlighted
    The Superannuation Information window appears.
  4. Click Employee (at the top of the window). The Linked Employees window appears.
  5. Select the employees to be assigned this super category.
  6. Click OK to close the Linked Employees window.
  7. Click OK to close the Superannuation Information window.

If you want to check the setup of the Superannuation Guarantee category, see To set up a superannuation category below.

To set up a superannuation category

To set up a superannuation category

  1. Go to the Payroll command centre and click Payroll Categories. The Payroll Category List window appears.

  2. Click the Superannuation tab.
  3. If the superannuation category you want to set up already exists, click its zoom arrow to open it. Otherwise, click New and give the category a name.
  4. Make the required selections in the window.

    A

    Linked Expense Account is the account to which you charge employer expense superannuation payroll categories. The Default Employer Expense Account you specified when setting up payroll appears as the default.

    We recommend you create an expense account called Superannuation Expense and select it as the linked expense account.

    (Only applicable for Employer Additional, Productivity Superannuation, Redundancy Superannuation or Superannuation Guarantee category types.)

    B

    Linked Payable Account is the liability account to which the superannuation amounts accrue. The Default Tax/Deductions Payable Account you specified when setting up payroll appears as the default.

    We recommend you create a liability account called Superannuation Liability and select it as the linked payable account.

    C

    For Single Touch Payroll reporting, select the applicable ATO Reporting Category. This field determines what information is sent to the ATO. The selections you can make here depend on the Contribution Type (see D below). Learn more about assigning ATO reporting categories for Single Touch Payroll reporting.

    Helping you stay compliant with ATO super reporting

    The ATO reporting category for superannuation payroll categories with a contribution type of Superannuation Guarantee (expense) will be automatically set to Superannuation Guarantee.

    D

    Select the appropriate Contribution Type from the list.

    • Employee Additional (deduction) - the contribution is deducted from the employee's net pay (see Additional superannuation contributions)
    • Employer Additional (expense) - the contribution is paid by the employer in addition to gross pay (see Additional superannuation contributions)
    • Productivity (expense) - the contribution is paid by the employer in addition to gross pay
    • Redundancy (expense) - the contribution is paid by the employer in addition to gross pay
    • Salary Sacrifice (deduction) - the contribution is deducted from the employee's gross pay (see Set up salary sacrifice superannuation)
    • Spouse (deduction) - the contribution is deducted from the employee's net pay
    • Superannuation Guarantee (expense) - the contribution is paid by the employer in addition to gross pay.

    Once a superannuation category has been created (and saved), the Contribution Type cannot be changed.

    EIf you want the superannuation amount accrued to appear on employees’ pay advice, select the Print on Pay Advice option.
    F

    Calculation Basis can be:

    • Minimum Required Rate this option is chosen by default as it's the easiest way to stay compliant with super rate changes. AccountRight will automatically calculate the correct amount of super for your employees based on the Payment Date in the pay run. For example if the payment date is 30 June 2022 or earlier, a super guarantee rate of 10% is used. If the payment date is 1 July 2022 or later, a super guarantee rate of 10.5% is used. Learn more about staying compliant with super guarantee rate increases.
    • User-Entered Amount per Pay Period allows you to enter an amount at the time the pay is processed each pay period. Choose this option if the amount varies regularly or if you want to use the amount you have entered in an employee’s standard pay details.
    • Equals x Percent of allows you to enter a percentage of a payroll category (such as wage, deduction or superannuation) or a percentage of all wage categories (by choosing Gross Wages or Federal Wages). The superannuation will be calculated until the limit is reached.
    • Equals x Dollars per allows you to enter a specified amount per pay period, per hour, per month or per year until the specified limit is reached.
    G

    In the Exclusions field type the amount by which the eligible wage is reduced before the superannuation is calculated. 

    For example, an employee with a gross wage of $1000 per month and an exclusion of $100 will have the superannuation calculated only on $900.

    H

    Superannuation limits can be used to place a ceiling on the superannuation calculation. 

    For example, for an Employee Additional superannuation deduction of $30 per pay period and a limit of 2% of gross wages, a pay with gross wages of $1000 yields superannuation of only $20 (i.e. 2%). 

    Limit can be one of the following three choices:

    • No Limit signifies no limit to the superannuation calculated for this category.
    • Equals x Percent of results in the maximum superannuation calculated being a percentage of wage, deduction or superannuation payroll categories. For example, an Employer Additional superannuation contribution might be $20 per pay period, but this should not exceed a maximum of 20% of the employee’s base salary.
    • Equals x Dollars per results in the maximum superannuation calculated being a fixed amount per pay period, per month, per quarter, per year or per hour. For example, you might use this to ensure you don't pay super above the ATO's maximum super contribution base each quarter. Or you might use this to limit the amount an employee salary sacrifices per year.
    I

    If this superannuation calculation is only payable if wages exceed a specified amount per month, enter this amount in the Threshold field. 

    For example, if the threshold is $450 per month, then superannuation is not payable until the employee’s gross wage exceeds $450 per month. 

    When determining whether the gross wages on a pay exceeds the threshold per month, other pays issued that month are included.

    From 1 July 2022, the Australian Government has removed the $450 per month threshold for super guarantee eligibility. This means superannuation must be paid on all ordinary times earnings for pays dated 1 July 2022 or later. For pays dated 1 July 2022 or later, this field will be ignored. Learn more about the removal of the $450 earnings threshold for super.

  5. Click Employee. The Linked Employees window appears.
  6. Select the employees whose pay will include this category, then click OK.
  7. Click Exempt. The Exemptions window appears for the super category you are creating. The Exempt button is only active if the superannuation category is set up with the Calculation Basis set to Equals XX Percent of XX.
  8. Select the wage categories that you don't want to accrue super, then click OK.
  9. Click OK to save the superannuatiuon category and return to the Payroll Category List window.

What are Federal Wages?

Federal wages are the total amount of all wage categories assigned to an employee, except those wage categories which are exempt from PAYG Withholding.

If you're not sure whether to use Gross Wages or Federal Wages in your superannuation calculation, check with the ATO or your accounting advisor.

To delete a superannuation category

To delete a superannuation category

You can only delete a superannuation category if it hasn't been used in an employee's pay.

  1. Go to the Lists menu and choose Payroll Categories.
  2. Click the Superannuation tab.
  3. Click the zoom arrow to open the superannuation category to be deleted. The Superannuation Information window for that category appears.
  4. Go to the Edit menu and choose Delete Superannuation.

Delete super category

To prevent superannuation calculating on a wage category

To prevent superannuation calculating on a wage category

If a superannuation category is set up to calculate as a percentage (the Calculation Basis is set to Equals XX Percent of XX), it can be exempted from calculating on a wage category.

  1. Open the superannuation category (Payroll > Payroll Categories > Superannuation tab > open the applicable superannuation category).
  2. Click Exempt. If this button is not clickable, it means the super category isn't set up to calculate as a percentage so can't be exempted from a wage category.
  3. Select any wage categories to be excluded from super calculations.
  4. Click OK then click OK again to save the change.

  FAQs


What is "Your Future, Your Super"?

What is "Your Future, Your Super"?

'Your Future, Your Super' (YFYS) legislation applied from 1 November 2021 and it ensures an employee's existing super fund is "stapled" to them. And it's not as painful as it sounds.

In a nutshell, if a new employee has already contributed to a super fund, that super fund may follow them from one job to the next.

Under YFYS, you'll need to request a new employee's stapled super fund from the ATO if:

  • you need to make super guarantee payments for that employee, and
  • the employee is eligible to choose a super fund, but doesn’t.

If your employee has self-onboarded (by you sending a request for their details), they'll actively choose a super fund so you won't need to request anything from the ATO.

If an employee chooses to use your default super fund, you'll need to contact the fund to obtain a membership number for the employee. You can then enter their membership number into their employee card (Card File > Cards List > Employee tab > open the employee's card > Payroll details tab > Superannuation tab).

To learn more, check out these resources:

How do I set my business's default super fund?

How do I set my business's default super fund?

You need to specify a default super fund for your business (Setup menu > General Payroll Information > Default Superannuation Fund). To learn more about selecting your default super fund, visit the ATO website.

An employee can choose a different fund when they self-onboard or you can set it manually when adding the employee to AccountRight.

If an employee chooses to use your default super fund, you'll need to contact the fund to obtain a membership number for the employee. You can then enter their membership number into their employee card (Card File > Cards List > Employee tab > open the employee's card Payroll details tab > Superannuation tab).

What super rate is used for pays that span payroll years?

What super rate is used for pays that span payroll years?

If you've selected the option Minimum Required Rate as the Calculation Basis in your super guarantee payroll category, the applicable rate will be used based on the Payment Date in the pay run.

For example:

  • If the payment date is June 30 or earlier, a super guarantee rate of 10% will apply.
  • If the payment date is July 1 or later, a super guarantee rate of 10.5% will apply.

This means if the pay period includes dates in June and July, the Payment Date will determine which super rate will be applied.

What if my business chooses to pay a higher rate of super?

What if my business chooses to pay a higher rate of super?

If you pay your employees more than the minimum super guarantee rate, you can either:

  • select the option Equals x Percent of in the super guarantee payroll category and enter the super rate you're paying, or
  • use 2 super guarantee payroll categories to clearly show the additional super on your employees' pay slips:
    • In the first super guarantee payroll category, select the option Minimum Required Rate.
    • Create a separate super guarantee payroll category for the additional percentage. For example, if you pay 3% above the minimum super rate, set up the additional super payroll category with the Calculation Basis set to Equals 3% Percent of Gross Wages. Both super payroll categories will show on your employees' pay slips making it clear they're receiving a higher contribution. Learn more about Additional superannuation contributions.
How do I pay super for a contractor?

How do I pay super for a contractor?

To pay super from AccountRight you need to process the super payments through payroll. This means to pay super for a contractor you'll need to set up the contractor as an employee to pay their super. Just manually add them as an employee and enter their super details.

If you pay the contractor via invoices they send you, you will also need to set the contractor up as a supplier so you can pay their bills like any other. Then when you process your payroll to pay super for the contractor, only enter the super amount into their pay (and no other amounts). You can then declare the pay to the ATO as part of your STP reporting.

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