Stay compliant with your superannuation obligations

Superannuation, or super, is an essential aspect of employment in Australia. As an employer, it is crucial to understand your responsibilities regarding superannuation contributions for eligible employees. To ensure compliance, you must meet the super payment due dates set by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). In this article, we will provide an overview of the super payment due dates for each quarter of 2024 and discuss important considerations to keep in mind.


Superannuation standard choice form

Before delving into the due dates, let’s first understand the importance of the superannuation standard choice form. This form helps employers identify the complying super fund into which they should make super contributions for eligible employees. It is crucial to supply this form to your eligible staff to ensure accurate and timely super payments. For more information on the form visit the ATOs website.


Quarterly super payment due dates

To meet your superannuation obligations, it is essential to pay super contributions on time. The due dates for super payments align with quarterly periods throughout the year. Here are the due dates for each quarter in 2024:

  • Quarter 1: From 1 July to 30 September, with a super payment due date of 28 October.

  • Quarter 2: Spanning from 1 October to 31 December, and the super payment is due by 28 January.

  • Quarter 3: Covering 1 January to 31 March, with the super payment deadline set for 28 April.

  • Quarter 4: Running from 1 April to 30 June, and the super payment must be made by 28 July.


These dates are fixed and provide a clear timeline for employers to fulfill their superannuation obligations. It is crucial to mark these dates on your calendar to ensure timely payments.


Important considerations

While the quarterly due dates are applicable to most super funds, it’s essential to be aware that some funds may require more frequent payment intervals, such as monthly. To ensure compliance with the requirements of your specific super fund, awards, or contracts, it is advisable to review the contractual agreements you have in place.

It’s also important to note that if a super payment due date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment must be received by the employee’s fund on or before the next business day. This guideline aligns with the ATO’s regulations to facilitate seamless processing and compliance.


Payment frequency and clearing houses

Employers have the option to make super contributions more frequently than quarterly, such as fortnightly or monthly. If you choose this approach, ensure that you pay the total super guarantee (SG) contribution for the quarter by the relevant due date.

Additionally, some employers utilise clearing houses to distribute super contributions to employees’ funds. However, it’s crucial to understand that payments made to a commercial clearing house may not reach the super fund until after the due date. The super contribution is considered “paid” only when it is received by the super fund, not when it reaches the clearing house. To avoid any delays, it is recommended to consider the processing timeframes of your chosen clearing house and allow sufficient time for payments to reach the super fund before the due date.


Consequences of late or missed payments

Fulfilling your superannuation obligations by making timely payments is essential to avoid penalties. If you miss a quarterly payment due date or make late super payments, you will need to lodge a Super Guarantee Charge (SGC) statement and pay the SGC to the ATO. Furthermore, missed or late super payments are no longer tax-deductible. To maintain compliance and financial efficiency, it is crucial to prioritise timely super contributions.


Stay compliant and support your employees’ future

Being up to date with superannuation obligations is not only a legal requirement but also a way to support your employees’ financial well-being in the long run. By meeting the quarterly payment due dates, you ensure that your eligible employees receive their super contributions on time, alongside their regular salaries. Remember to review the contractual obligations you have with your super fund, award, or contract to ensure that all requirements are met.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to stay informed and fulfill your superannuation obligations promptly. By marking the quarterly super payment due dates on your calendar and maintaining compliance, you contribute to a secure future for your employees and foster a positive work environment.



In conclusion, staying up to date with superannuation obligations is vital for employers in Australia. By adhering to the quarterly super payment due dates, you ensure compliance with the regulations set by the Australian Taxation Office and contribute to your employees’ financial well-being. Remember to provide the superannuation standard choice form to eligible staff and make timely and accurate super contributions to the designated complying super fund.

To maintain compliance and support your employees’ future, here are some important actions you can take:

  1. Mark the quarterly super payment due dates on your calendar to ensure timely payments.
  2. Review your contractual agreements with the super fund, award, or contract to ensure you meet specific requirements regarding payment frequency.
  3. Consider using the ATO’s Small Business Superannuation Clearing House for efficient processing and timely payments.
  4. Stay informed about any updates or changes in superannuation regulations to adapt your practices accordingly.
  5. Seek professional advice or consult with a superannuation specialist to ensure you meet all your obligations and provide the best support to your employees.


By taking these actions, you demonstrate your commitment to fulfilling your superannuation obligations and contribute to the financial security of your employees. Remember, being proactive and compliant not only benefits your staff but also helps create a positive work environment and strengthens your business’s reputation.

If you require further assistance or have any questions regarding superannuation obligations and compliance, we encourage you to contact our experienced team at Regency Partners. Our team is well-versed in superannuation regulations and can provide personalised guidance to ensure you meet your obligations effectively.

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