Paying Super to Backpackers

The ATO has issued the following reminders to employers, that backpackers on working holidays:
• are considered temporary residents, and are entitled to superannuation guarantee if they are paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month; and
• who leave Australia can claim the super paid to them as a Departing Australia superannuation payment (‘DASP’), providing all requirements are met


Anyone employing backpackers should:
• check they hold a valid visa using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (‘VEVO’) service;
• use the ATO’s Super guarantee eligibility decision tool to determine if they are eligible for super;
• offer them a choice of a super fund if requested, and follow the same steps as for any other worker before they start working for the employer; and
• advise them that they can start their DASP application using the ATO’s free online application system while they are in Australia.

* * * Disclaimer: The information is sourced from NTAA. * * *
Many of the comments in this publication are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their circumstances.

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