Alright, so I know super seems forever away and you don’t really care about it all that much right now and what the heck even is Super anyway? But not paying your employees super is not only totally unfair, it’s totally illegal. That is your money, you’ve earned it and you’re going to need it one day, so it’s important to understand your rights.
Before you hop on that high horse about not being treated fairly, you better first check whether you’re actually even entitled to super to begin with, cause that would be super awkward. Most people over 18 earning more than $450 a month should be receiving regular super contributions, but you can check for sure on the ATO Website.
As a rule, super contributions should be at least 9.5% of your usual earnings (info current as of August 2017), so check to make sure you’re not only getting paid your super, but getting paid the right amount.
If you think that your boss isn’t paying your super, or isn’t paying you enough, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the moolah you deserve.
It’s suggested that you first work out how much super your boss should have contributed to your account, and show them this amount. Let them know you’re not happy and if they still do nothing, then go on ahead and lodge that enquiry, make it official. Once your enquiry is received, the ATO will investigate your case and may even get in contact with your employer. This can take some time, so be patient and remember that you are doing this for the good of workers everywhere!
So you might be getting the right super, but that doesn’t mean your employer is treating you the way they should. Whatever it is – bullying, being overworked, working in unsafe conditions or being fired unfairly – you can talk to the Fair Work Ombudsman about any of it. Visit this site to best decide what you need to do and who you need to talk to.