Pay super for a subcontractor

If you pay super for your subcontractors, set them up as labour hire and add two lines to their pay template so that a fixed super payment will appear in your pay runs, their payslips and payroll reports.

Before you start

  • Calculate the fixed amount and payment frequency that you want to pay towards the subcontractor’s super.
  • Add the employee to payroll, setting their Employment Basis as Labour Hire.

Set up the subcontractor’s pay template to include super

  1. In the Payroll menu, select Employees.
  2. Click the employee's name to open their details.
  3. Click the Pay Template tab.
  4. Add each line you need to the template and enter the pay item details. For example, click Add Earnings Line to add an earnings line.
  5. Click Add Superannuation Line.
  6. Add the Superannuation Fund and Contribution Type.
  7. Under Calculation Type, select the Percentage of Earnings checkbox.
  8. Choose your accounts, payment frequency and date, then click Ok.
  9. Change the Percentage for this super line to 0%. This allows the payslip to be saved.
  10. Click Add Superannuation Line to add a second payment line to the template.
  11. Add the Superannuation Fund and Contribution Type. This can be the same as the first line.
  12. Under Calculation Type, select the Fixed Amount checkbox.
  13. Choose your accounts, payment frequency and date, then click Ok.
  14. Change the Amount for this second super line to the fixed amount you have calculated.
  15. Click Save to finalise and close the pay template.

You have now added super to the subcontractor's pay template. This will add the fixed super amount to future pay runs that include this employee. When you post these pay runs, the super amounts will show in payroll reports based on the Payment Date of the pay run.