How SuperStream affects the way you make contributions

Under SuperStream, employers must make super contributions electronically. The contribution data is sent electronically in a message format to the fund, and the contribution payment is sent electronically through the banking system.

The data message and payment are linked by a payment reference number, which enables reconciliation by the receiving fund.

Many of the key components required for this change, including e-commerce infrastructure and software solutions, are already in use in the marketplace. Others are currently undergoing development and trials before being implemented.

From 1 July 2014:
•employers with 20 or more employees started making contributions using SuperStream – they have up to 12 months to make the change.

From 1 July 2015:
•small employers (with 19 or fewer employees) will start making contributions using SuperStream – they will have up to 12 months to make the change.

What you need to do

Employers can meet SuperStream by either using:

•a software solution that conforms to SuperStream, or
•a service provider who can arrange SuperStream compliance on your behalf.

Your options may include:

•upgrading your payroll software
•using an outsourced payroll or other service provider
•using a commercial clearing house; or, for employers with 19 or fewer employers, using the free Small Business Superannuation Clearing House
•your default fund – they may also have an electronic channel they manage or can make transitional arrangements for you.

You will need to collect and store additional information about funds in order to send them contributions in accordance with the SuperStream standard.

This includes the following new information:

– Fund’s ABN
– Bank account details
– Electronic service address
– Employee tax file number (TFN)

For more information, visit the ATO link below.–simplifying-employer-contributions/