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Your Future, Your Super – What Does This Mean For Your Superannuation?

Posted on July 8, 2021 by admin

There has been a shakeup within the superannuation industry after the latest government reform passed through the Senate. You may have heard of Your Future, Your Super, which was introduced during the Federal Budget announcements of 2020-21, and wh

Your Future, Your Super was introduced during the Federal Budget 2020-21 announcements as a reform measure to address growing concerns about the performance of the superannuation industry. 

 

Under the reform, superannuation funds will now face an annual performance test, public ranking by the Tax Office and the loss of an easy source of new members. 

One of the most notable changes that have been introduced (as of 1 November 2021) is that Australians will no longer be required to fill out paperwork to avoid getting a new super fund when they switch jobs. 

This measure has been designed to reduce the prevalence of unintended multiple superannuation accounts. The onus will be on the employer to check with the ATO if their employee has an existing super account, known as a ‘stapled super fund’, to pay the employee’s super guarantee into. 

Super funds will also be subjected to a new annual performance test run by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and underperforming products (those who show returns below 50 points ) will be labelled as underperformers. If your super is sitting in a dud fund and your nest egg is in an underperforming product, the trustees will be required to notify you within 28 days. Funds that fail the test twice in a row could be blocked from taking on new members. 

 Worried about how your superannuation fund may be performing, and not sure who to ask? Come have a chat with us.

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Changes To Employers & Super When Stapled Funds Come Into Effect 1 November 2021

Posted on September 20, 2021 by admin

This year has seen a lot of amendments and changes to the rules governing superannuation funds and their providers by the Federal Government that may have an impact on how you as an employer deal with super.

Are you aware of the changes to “choice of fund” rules that you might need to be aware of as an employer of new to the workforce employees?

Currently, as an employer, you may be paying contributions to your new employees into a  default superannuation fund of your choice if they have failed to provide you with their own choice of superannuation fund details. This may be due to not having a superannuation fund (as in, the employee is new to the workforce), or as a result of other circumstances.

As an employer, you must provide all new employees with a Superannuation standard choice form within 28 days of their start date. They may also be provided with one if:

If the employee holds a temporary working visa or their super fund undergoes a merger or acquisition, they will not be able to choose their super fund themselves.

From 1 November 2021, if you have new employees start and they don’t choose a specific super fund, you may need to request their ‘stapled super fund’ details from the Australian Taxation Office.

A stapled super fund is an existing account that is linked, or ‘stapled’ to an individual employee, so it follows them as they change jobs. This change aims to reduce the number of additional super accounts opened each time they start a new job. If a new employee does not have a stapled fund and they do not choose a fund, the employee’s super can be paid into the employer’s default fund.

With fewer superannuation funds being opened, employees are less likely to generate ‘lost super’ as they transition through their employment periods and various careers leading up to their retirement.

As an employer, you’ll be able to request stapled super fund details for new employees using the ATO’s Online services for business.

To get ready for this change, you can check and update the access levels of your business’ authorised representatives (such as your accountant or bookkeeper) in Online services. This will mean you’re ready to request stapled super funds if needed. It will also assist in protecting your employees’ personal information.

As an employer, you legally cannot provide your employees with recommendations or advice about super unless you are licensed by ASIC to provide financial advice. You can give your employees information about choosing a fund however, including:

Remember, registered tax agents and BAS agents like us can help you with your tax and super queries. Come and speak with us about your options, and to ensure that you are compliant with your super requirements as an employer.

If you are a new employee entering into the workforce, and you’d like to know more about your options when it comes to superannuation, you should have a serious discussion with providers and conduct your own independent research on the funds available.

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