Cbus: align super with wages to end $3.6 billion non-payment

Pay super with wages to avoid underpayment, says Steve Bracks.

Pay super with wages to avoid underpayment, says Steve Bracks. Photo:AAP

Construction sector industry superannuation fund, Cbus, has called on the Federal Government to ensure payment of workers’ superannuation are aligned with wages.

Cbus Chair Steve Bracks AC in a submission by Cbus to the Senate Inquiry into unpaid superannuation outlined several steps to help protect workers’ entitlements.

“The most effective solution to the growing problem of unpaid superannuation is to try and prevent it happening in the first place. Paying superannuation at the same time as wages is a key part of the answer,” Mr Bracks said.

“The quarterly payment cycle for superannuation can create a significant risk of non-compliance and significantly delay detection where this occurs. The longer time between payments creates increased opportunities for something to go wrong and for payments to be missed,” he said.

“We appreciate that superannuation can be complex for employers and for employees; however, given the tools available, we do not believe there is any compelling reason super cannot be paid at the same time as wages.”

“The impact of missing superannuation can be dramatic on individuals and the wider community with lost tax revenue and increased reliance on the age pension. We all lose from unpaid super,” Mr Bracks said.

Industry Super Australia (ISA) and Cbus jointly released a report last December year which estimated Australians were missing $3.6 billion in superannuation each year.

Mr Bracks said a recent survey of Cbus members found 14.7 per cent reported experiencing a problem with unpaid superannuation and only 60 per cent of members were confident their super had been paid. More than a third of those people who had experienced unpaid super reported that their issue had not been resolved, Cbus found.

A full copy of the Cbus submission is available here.

Cbus employees Trish Donohue and Kristian Fok won the chief investment officer of the year award at the Conexus awards in Sydney last week.

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