Super choice rules for new employees will change from 1 November

If you have new employees who start from 1 November 2021 and they don’t choose a super fund, you may need to request their ‘stapled super fund’ details from the ATO.

A stapled super fund is an existing super account of an employee that follows them as they change jobs.

This change aims to stop your new employees paying extra account fees for unintended super accounts set up when they start a new job.

What you need to do from 1 November 2021

Step 1: Offer your eligible employees a choice of super fund

You need to give your eligible new employees a Super standard choice form and pay their super into the account they tell you on the form. Most employees are eligible to choose what fund their super goes into.

There is no change to this step of your super obligations.

Step 2: Request stapled super fund details

If your employee doesn’t choose a super fund, you may need to log into the ATO Online services and go to ‘Employee Super Accounts’ to request their stapled super fund details.  If you do not have access to the ATO Online Services, you can do so using the following link Setting up ATO Online services .  Please contact our office should you require assistance.

The ATO will provide your employee’s stapled super fund details after confirming that you are their employer.

If the ATO provide a stapled super fund result for your employee, you must pay your employee’s super using the stapled super fund details provided.

Step 3: Pay super into a default fund

You can pay into a default fund, or another fund that meets the choice of fund obligations if:

  • your employee doesn’t choose a super fund, and
  • the ATO have advised you that they don’t have a stapled super fund.

 

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