Most employees are eligible to choose a super fund to receive super guarantee contributions. Your employee is entitled to choose their own fund if they are:
Some state laws also provide for choice of super fund under state based arrangements.
Your employee may not be eligible to choose their super fund if you are required to pay super contributions:
- a collective agreement
- a pre-reform certified agreement
- an old industrial relations (IR) agreement
- an individual transitional employment agreement (ITEA)
- a workplace determination
- an enterprise agreement
- an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or pre-reform AWA
You can find out if your employee is covered by an award or agreement by checking with:
An employee can choose a super fund by returning a completed Standard choice form to you or by providing you with a written notice that includes their employee identifier (if you have given them one) and the following information about their chosen super fund:
* A Unique Superannuation Identifier (USI) is used by superannuation fund administrators to identify superannuation funds for electronic rollovers.
In most circumstances you are required to comply with your employee’s choice of fund request, however, you may refuse a request if:
- the fund name, ABN and USI
- the employee’s super account name and number
- a compliance statement
- payment details for making contributions
If your employee provides a valid choice of fund request, you must start paying SG to the employee’s chosen fund within two months after receiving the request. Any contributions you make in the two months after receiving the form can be made to either your employer nominated super fund (your default fund) or the employee’s chosen fund.
You should retain the employee’s choice form for your records.
If you've provided a Standard choice form to an employee and they haven't chosen a fund you must pay super contributions for your employee to your employer nominated superannuation fund (your default fund).
You could be liable for a 'choice liability' which is part of the superannuation guarantee charge (SGC). You could incur the choice liability if you:
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