Privacy Notice: We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. You can find out more and opt out by clicking here.

menu

Stapling is here

Australia’s superannuation system is considered one of the world’s best. It was ranked 4th in the world by the 2020 Mercer CFA InstituteGlobal Pension Index, coming in behind The Netherlands, Denmark and Israel.    

But there’s always room for improvement. For example, many Australians still have multiple super accounts, which has been an area of concern for the industry. 

Introduced as part of the Your Future, Your Super reforms, the new stapling legislation that came into effect on 1 November 2021 aims to fix that problem - and employers are required to play a key part.  
 

What is stapling?  

‘Stapling’ means your new employees will automatically retain their existing super fund when they start their employment with you, unless they choose another fund.  

Their stapled super account can then follow them for the duration of their career and whenever they change jobs, their new employer will be required to pay their contributions into that stapled fund if they fail to nominate a fund to have their contributions paid into.  
 

Why the change? 

Stapling is only one aspect of the Your Future, Your Super reforms designed to help bolster the retirement savings of Australians, and is joined by three other new measures:   

  • A new YourSuper comparison tool to see how default MySuper products compare.  
  • A super fund’s duty to act “in the best financial interest of their members,” is now a legal obligation.  
  • Underperforming super funds will be ‘named and shamed’.  

Specifically, stapling aims to reduce the chance of employees accumulating multiple super accounts after moving from one job to another. Having more than one super account can be costly to employees, as it can mean retirement savings are eroded by paying multiple sets of fees and insurance premiums.  
 

What you need to do

As an employer, you will play a key role in super stapling and how you onboard new employees will change.  

From 1 November 2021, you need to undertake a stapled fund search if the new employee doesn’t give you a completed Standard Choice Form nominating their chosen fund. The stapled fund search can be done by logging into the ATO online services and entering the employee’s details. If a stapled fund exists, super contributions must be paid into that fund.  
 

how-stapling-works_EQ.png

*The ‘Why Choose Equip’ flyer is relevant to Equip MyFuture members only. If your organisation has a corporate arrangement with Equip or you pay for additional benefits for your staff, please contact your Relationship Manager to obtain a copy of the relevant flyer.

General FAQs

Will my existing employees be affected?

Your existing employees will not be affected by these changes during their employment with you. You will need to continue to pay their super contributions into the same super fund that you currently do.

Can my new employees choose a different fund to their stapled one?

New employees will still be able to elect their own choice of super fund, including the employer’s default fund, by completing the Standard Choice Form - regardless of whether they already have a stapled account.

In this instance, employers are not required to complete a stapled fund search.

Do employers still need to have a default super fund?

You will still need to have a default fund option available to new employees who aren’t already a member of a super fund and don’t choose a fund of their own. In this instance, you will need to create an account with your default fund to pay their super contributions to. 

Can I change my default super fund?

Yes, employers can still change their default super fund arrangements.

In most cases, em­ploy­ees would need to con­sent to rollover their ex­ist­ing bal­ance across to any new fund. Con­tri­bu­tions would be re­quired to con­tinue being di­rected to an em­ploy­ee’s ex­ist­ing ac­count if the account is the employer’s previous default fund, if the ac­count is a ‘sta­pled’ ac­count, or where the em­ployee has made a choice of fund.

However, you will be able to pay contributions into your new default fund for employees who commence their employment with you after you change your default fund where they do not have a stapled fund or do not complete a Standard Choice Form; or if they elect to have their contributions paid into your default fund. 

We’re here to help

Whether you’re already an Equip employer or not, we’re here to help you navigate these changes. If you have any questions regarding stapling and the Your Future, Your Super reforms speak to your Relationship Manager or contact us on 1800 682 626.

 

Togethr Trustees Pty Ltd ABN 64 006 964 049, AFSL 246383 the trustee of the Equipsuper Superannuation Fund ABN 33 813 823 017.  This information is provided for general information only. It does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs and should therefore not be taken as personal advice. You should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it and refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination for the product which are available at equipsuper.com.au. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Check your retirement income with the Equip calculator

Get in touch

Do you need additional assistance?

Fill in your details, and Equip’s Member Services team will call you back.

Thank you. An Equip representative will be in touch shortly.