Series1: What changes on 1 July 2021? – Super guarantee rate increase to 10%

On 1 July 2021, the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate will rise from 9.5% to 10% – the first rise since 2014. It will then steadily increase each year until it reaches 12% on 1 July 2025.

The 0.5% increase does not mean that everyone gets an automatic pay increase, this will depend on your employment agreement. If your employment agreement states you are paid on a ‘total remuneration’ basis (base plus SG and any other allowances), then your take home pay might be reduced by 0.5%. That is, a greater percentage of your total remuneration will be directed to your superannuation fund. For those paid a rate plus superannuation, then your take home pay will remain the same, but your superannuation fund will benefit from the increase. If you are used to annual increases, the 0.5% increase might simply be absorbed into your remuneration review.

Employers will need to ensure that they pay the correct SG amount in the new financial year to avoid the superannuation guarantee charge. Where employee salaries are paid at a point other than the first day of the month, ensure the calculations are correct across the month (i.e., for staff paid on the 15th of the month they are paid the correct SG rate for June and July in their pay and not just the June rate).

Superannuation salary packaging arrangements will also need to be reviewed – employers should ensure that the calculations are correct and the SG rate increase flows through.

SG rate
1 July 2020 – 30 June 20219.5%
1 July 2021 – 30 June 202210.0%
1 July 2022 – 30 June 202310.5%
1 July 2023 – 30 June 202411.0%
1 July 2024 – 30 June 202511.5%
1 July 2025 – 30 June 202612.0%

 

June Series: What changes on 1 July 2021?
1. Super guarantee rate increase to 10%
Coming up next!!!
2. Concessional and non-concessional contribution caps
3. New stapled superannuation employer obligations for new staff
4. Single touch payroll reporting

 

 

We’ll keep you up to date as the detail of these measures comes to hand.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email admin@5eca.com.au