Understand employer super

What is employer super?

Super helps your staff prepare for the future

Paying your employees' super

If you run a business, you’re usually required to make superannuation contributions for your staff. So it’s important to know how much, how often and where to pay your employees' super.

We can help you understand what you need to do and where to go for help.

Knowing your super obligations

Legislation sets out employers’ superannuation responsibilities.


  • you need to make contributions on behalf of almost every staff member
  • you need to pay these contributions into a default fund
  • you need to pay a percentage of each eligible employee’s ordinary earnings into their super fund—these are their employer superannuation guarantee contributions.

It’s important to know exactly what you need to do so you can help your employees save for their retirement—and avoid having to pay contributions, interest and administrative fees to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Learn more about exceptions and your obligations

Choosing the right super plan

When selecting a default super fund there are some things to consider:

  • Is the fund able to receive MySuper contributions?
  • The default fund may already be specified by industry requirements (eg an industrial award or enterprise agreement).
  • Your default fund must meet certain ATO requirements.
  • Your employees may have the option to select a super fund to receive employer contributions.

By knowing what to look for in a super fund you can be confident you’re making a suitable choice for your employees.

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We can help you

Our superannuation plans can be tailored to suit the needs of your business and the needs of your employees.

If you need help setting up your employer super plan you can speak to one of our financial advisers or business development managers.

Find a financial adviser or call AMP on 131 267

MySuper is a simple default investment option for your employees. It is intended to make comparing super products easier based on key differences like cost and investment performance. When a superannuation option is MySuper-authorised it meets the specific standards set by the government under legislation, including fee structures and generally a basic level of insurance coverage.

If an employee doesn’t select an investment option, you need to pay their contributions into a MySuper investment option.

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