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SuperStream checklist

All businesses should now be SuperStream compliant. SuperStream is a standard for processing superannuation data and payments electronically.

Employers must pay employee super contributions electronically (EFT or BPAY) and send the associated data electronically under SuperStream.

SuperStream ensures the data is in a standard format so it can be transmitted consistently across the super system – between employers, funds, service providers and the Tax Office.

For those businesses who have not made the switch, here is a guide to be SuperStream ready:

  1. Choose an option

SuperStream requires you to pay super and send employee information electronically. If you already do this, you may only need to refine your system to send the contribution data in the standard format. You can use:

If you are unsure of which option to choose, contact one of our accountants to help you select the most suitable option for your business.

  1. Collect information and update your records

You may need to collect additional information from your employees, including:

For employees with a self-managed super fund, you will need:

  1. Use SuperStream

Once you have all the employee information, you can start using SuperStream as soon as possible. It is still the employer’s responsibility to meet the super guarantee obligations by the due dates. Those using a clearing house must check how long it will take to send the money and information the super fund. Generally, an employee’s super contribution is counted as being paid on the date the fund receives it, not the date a clearing house receives it from you.

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What to consider when consolidating your super

August 27, 2020

The ATO reported that 45% of working Australians were not aware that they had multiple super accounts in 2016. Having multiple super accounts is particularly common for individuals who have had more than one job. If this is you, it is important to identify and manage your super accounts because having more than one can be costly as a result of account fees from multiple funds.To combat this, you may want to consolidate your super, which moves all your super into one account. Not only does this save on fees, but it also makes your super easier to manage and keep track of.

Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds’ policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
When consolidating your super, you will need to have the following details ready: