Most of your employees, whether full-time, part-time or casual, will be covered by the superannuation guarantee legislation. Generally, you have to pay super for your employees if they are:
- Aged 18 and over
- Paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month. Employees who are under 18 years old must also work at least 30 hours per week.
- Eligible contractors are also entitled to super guarantee payments, even if they have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
If you don't make contributions by the cut-off dates for each quarter, you'll face penalties.
If you are self-employed, you don't have to make super contributions to a super fund for yourself.
Most self-employed people can claim a full deduction for contributions they make to their super until age 75