Additional information for employers
Superannuation guarantee obligations
As an employer, you have to pay a minimum of nine per cent in superannuation contributions for your eligible employees, based on their ordinary time earnings. From 1 July 2013 this rate will gradually increase until it reaches 12 per cent by July 2019. You pay these compulsory contributions to a complying superannuation fund at least four times a year. For more information about superannuation obligations call the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on 131 020 or go to www.ato.gov.au.
An authorised contact is the person you nominate to speak with the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (the Clearing House) about the registered business. They do not need to be the business owner. You can change or update details of the authorised contact at any time after logging in.
You may wish to provide a second authorised contact for your business. If you do, someone from the Clearing House may speak to either of the contacts in relation to the account.
When completing the authorised contact’s details you will be asked to enter the person’s position. This refers to the authorised contact’s role. Common examples are owner, manager or bookkeeper. Having this information will make sure we are speaking to the right person at your business if we need to contact someone there.
Australian Business Number (ABN)
You cannot register with the Clearing House if you do not have a valid ABN.
If you have registered for an ABN but have not received it you will need to wait until you have received it to progress.
If the ABN you enter is invalid or not active, first,check that the details you have entered are correct and re-submit. If they are correct but you still cannot register you will need to contact the Australian Business Register (ABR) at www.abr.business.gov.au or call 132 866 for assistance.
During the registration process the system might state that the ABN you have entered has already been registered. This is an indication that you have already registered your business and you cannot register again. If you did not register and you receive this message, call the Clearing House on 1300 660 048.
You must have a valid email address to register for the Clearing House. It is required for a number of reasons including:
- to set-up your user ID and password
- to advise you of important information such as letting you know if you deposit funds that do not match the instruction for payment you have provided and quarterly statements.
Security questions and password
Security questions should be completed by the authorised contact and may be used by the Clearing House to establish your identity during contact. They are also used to request a password reset online.
You can change or update your security questions and answers at any time after logging in.
For more detail about security questions and passwords refer to the reference guide for small businesses.
Superannuation Guarantee Contributions Calculator
The Superannuation Guarantee Contributions Calculator can help you calculate Superannuation Guarantee contributions for your eligible employees for a current quarter.
SuperStream data and e-commerce standard
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House will be available to help you meet the SuperStream data and e-commerce standard. The new standard is a set of minimum conditions for data and payment transmission including a minimum set of prescribed data. If you are a small employer, you must use the new standard for sending contributions from 1 July 2015, subject to further consultation. For more information please visit www.ato.gov.au/datastandards.