Is Superannuation Paid On Overtime?

In Australia you must be paid super if you’re a paid employee, but this does not apply to hours worked on overtime.

The Superannuation Guarantee stipulates that at least 9.5% of an employees wages must be paid into their super fund, as long as they work a certain number of hours. This 9.5% is paid is on top of your wages, and is the minimum amount required – your employer can pay more if they see fit.

However, the calculations for this 9.5% are only based on your ordinary time earnings (OTE). OTE is generally what an employee will earn during their ordinary hours of work, and includes commissions and allowances. It does not include overtime payments.

For example, if you are contracted to work between 9-to-5, then you are only paid super for these hours – you will not get any extra super if you work until say, 6pm, unless your employer decides otherwise.

What does ordinary time earnings include?

OTE includes the following things:

  • Over-award payments
  • Commissions
  • Agreed-upon rate per task completed
  • Shift-loading
  • Allowances
  • Performance bonuses
  • Christmas bonus
  • Annual leave
  • Termination payments in lieu of notice

This should give you a general idea of whether the work you’re doing qualifies for super payments. Visit the Australian Tax Office (ATO) for more information. You can also visit Canstar’s superannuation home page to learn more about your super options.

If you’re comparing Superannuation funds, the comparison table below displays some of the products currently available on Canstar’s database for Australians aged 30-39 with a balance of up to $55,000, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest), followed by company name (alphabetical). Use Canstar’s superannuation comparison selector to view a wider range of super funds.

Fee, performance and asset allocation information shown in the table above have been determined according to the investment profile in the Canstar Superannuation Star Ratings methodology that matches the age group you selected.

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