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Paying super for employees aged under 18

You need to pay superannuation guarantee contributions for employees aged under 18 if they work more than 30 hours in a week. To work out if you have to pay super, check the ATO rules.

Make sure you've entered the employee's date of birth in their contact record so MYOB knows their age (Payroll menu > Employees > click the employee > Payroll details tab > Date of birth).

How the employee's super is calculated in MYOB depends on how often they're paid.

If the under 18 employee is paid weekly, MYOB will automatically calculate their super contributions based on the hours worked* when you do a pay run. For example, if the employee has worked for more than 30 hours in the week, super will be calculated and included in their pay. If they work 30 hours or less, super will not be included in that pay.

*Check the hours worked

MYOB counts all the hours in an employee's pay run to work out the number of hours worked (unless the pay item is exempt from super guarantee calculations). But if any of those hours don't represent actual hours worked, like allowances or loading, you'll need to manually exclude them.

If the employee hasn't actually worked more than 30 hours for the week, you'll need to manually remove any calculated super amount.

Here's an example where the employee has only worked 16 hours, so we'll need to remove the super amount.

Example pay with multiple hours highlighted with a red cross through the super amount

Not paid weekly

If the under 18 employee is paid fortnightly, twice a month, monthly or quarterly, you'll need to:

  • check how many hours they worked each week in the pay period, and

  • if they've worked 30 hours or less in any week in the pay period, you'll need to manually adjust the super in their pay.

See it in action

Animation showing super being adjusted

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