Understanding the Super Guarantee Charge Statement: A Comprehensive Guide

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The Super Guarantee Charge Statement, frequently referred to as the SG Charge or SGC, is an essential document for every employer involved in the realm of superannuation. It denotes the employer’s commitment to their quarterly super contributions, which directly affect the employees’ super funds.

Understanding the SGC is not just tax deductible, but it’s about recognising the severe consequences of non-compliance. Gaining a deeper insight into its details offers clarity on how employers can fulfil their Super Guarantee obligations, preventing the repercussions of missed deadlines or incomplete contributions. This knowledge empowers employers to operate confidently, efficiently, and within the legal framework of superannuation.

Super Guarantee Charge (SGC) Overview

At its core, the Super Guarantee Charge (SGC) emphasises an employer’s vital duty to safeguard the financial future of each eligible employee. By law, employers must contribute to an employee’s super fund every quarter. Meeting this timeline consistently shows an employer’s dedication and responsibility to their employees’ well-being.

However, lapses in this responsibility carry implications. Any delay in meeting the SGC payment not only accrues interest but also signifies non-compliance. This becomes especially pertinent when full Super Guarantee contributions aren’t dispensed by the end of each quarter or when employers sidestep their choice of fund obligations. Such omissions or delays culminate in the imposition of the super guarantee shortfall, reminding employers of the financial and regulatory repercussions of their actions.

A clear comprehension of the SGC safeguards eligible employees from inadvertent pitfalls and ensures that they remain steadfast in fulfilling their superannuation commitments.

The Components of SGC

SG Shortfall

The shortfall arises when employers do not contribute the requisite amount of superannuation. Importantly, this shortfall is determined based on the full employee’s salary and wages, transcending beyond just the Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE). If any SG contributions are made timely, this shortfall is proportionally reduced, offering some leeway to employers who partly meet their obligations.

Interest Accrual

Delayed SG contributions incur interest, reflecting potential lost super earnings. Interest starts from the quarter’s beginning, highlighting timely payment.

Administration Fee

Each quarter, employers pay a $20 fee per employee. This fee, though small, can accumulate, especially for larger businesses.

Understanding Choice Liability

Within superannuation, Choice Liability is a key aspect employers face, tied to fund choice and stapling rules. It arises when protocols aren’t followed. Common reasons include not giving employees the Standard Choice Form or misdirecting payments to unchosen super funds. There’s a $500 cap for each notice period, per employee.

Key Due Dates

Superannuation has specific details and deadlines. For employers, keeping track of due dates helps prevent non-compliance issues. Super Guarantee contributions have a clearly earmarked schedule: within 28 days post the conclusion of each financial quarter.

Adherence to this schedule is non-negotiable. Any deviation results in the imperative of submitting both the SGC Statement and the SGC by the month’s end that follows. To further bolster their preparedness, employers can stay updated with end of financial year superannuation tips.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) allows extensions in special cases, but with an accruing general interest charge (GIC) until full SGC payment. If a due date falls on a holiday or weekend, the next working day is given for submissions.

Deferred Payment Request

For those employers who find themselves in challenging financial situations, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has provisions in place for a deferred payment request. This allows for a rescheduling of the guarantee charge statement payments under specific conditions. It’s essential to approach the ATO proactively and provide a compelling case for the deferment. As always, open communication and transparency with the ATO can pave the way for more favourable outcomes.

Crucial Steps in Calculating the SGC

For employers, an accurate calculation of the Super Guarantee Charge (SGC) is foundational to maintain compliance and to ensure employees receive their rightful superannuation contributions. And while we’re on the topic of calculations, it’s important to note the varying tax rates associated with self-managed super funds.

1. Determine the SG Shortfall

Begin by assessing any discrepancy in the requisite SG contribution. This shortfall is defined not merely by Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE) but spans the entirety of salary and wages. Remember, if a portion of the SG is remitted on time, this shortfall undergoes a proportional reduction.

2. Factor in Choice Liability

Non-adherence to the fund choice or stapling rules can lead to an additional liability, which, though capped, needs inclusion in the SGC calculations.

3. Accrue Interest

Interest isn’t a static number. It begins accumulating from the outset of the quarter and will continue until the necessary contributions are made.

4. Administration Fee

A consistent $20 is levied for every employee each quarter, reflecting the administrative costs of overseeing superannuation.

For those seeking precision and ease, the ATO has equipped employers with a handy tool: the SGC Statement Calculator. This assists in streamlining the calculation process, ensuring every component is meticulously accounted for.

Lodging the SGC Statement: Best Practices

In the vast matrix of superannuation obligations, lodging the Super Guarantee Charge (SGC) Statement emerges as a cardinal task for employers. Employing best practices ensures that this critical document not only meets regulatory standards but also aligns with the ethos of timely compliance.

Preferred Submission Method

The ATO recommends using their Online Services for Business tool. Along with the SGC Statement Excel spreadsheet, it provides an effective and accurate way to lodge the statement.

Submission Protocols for Businesses & Tax Professionals

Within the ATO’s online services, there are specific directives. For instance, submissions must be circumspect, restricting attachments to a maximum of six per submission and ensuring each file remains below the 6MB threshold. Employers are advised against appending PDF copies, ZIP folders, evidence of payment, or signed declaration sections. This ensures streamlined processing and swift feedback from the ATO.

Handling Late SG Payments

Handling late Super Guarantee (SG) contributions demands careful attention and adherence to ATO directives. Regardless of the reason, late contributions necessitate lodging an SGC Statement and making the required SGC payment.

1. Late Payment Offset

This mechanism allows employers to offset some late SG payments against their SGC liability. It provides a leeway, albeit limited, in rectifying tardy contributions.

2. Carry Forward Late Payment

Employers can opt to carry forward certain late payments, applying them towards future quarters. However, doing so necessitates a keen understanding of the rules, ensuring future obligations are met without accruing additional liabilities.

It’s paramount to note that even if mitigating steps are taken, the SGC’s nominal interest and administration fees remain applicable, underscoring the significance of timely contributions.

A Look into the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Statement Tool

The Australian Taxation Office, in its commitment to facilitating a seamless experience for employers, offers the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Statement Tool. Designed with precision and user-friendliness at its core, this tool serves as a linchpin in determining SGC liabilities.


Beyond its capability to generate a reference PDF, the tool’s main utility lies in its Excel version, which is primed for online submission.


A structured series of queries within the tool expertly identifies individual SGC prerequisites and meticulously calculates the due amounts. However, its precision is directly proportional to the accuracy of the data provided by users.

Nominal Interest

A pivotal note for employers is that nominal interest, through the tool, is calculated only up to the day of its use. Interest continues to accrue until the statement’s official lodgement, demanding vigilance in timely submissions.

Additional Insights for Employers

In recent years, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has augmented its scrutiny on unpaid tax obligations, with unpaid SGC debts receiving particular attention. This pivot in focus has several implications for employers:

1. Rigorous Oversight

Commencing in 2022, the ATO has adopted a more rigorous stance on overseeing unpaid tax debts, emphasising the SGC liabilities.

2. Communication

Timely dialogue with the ATO can preempt many potential pitfalls. Employers failing to communicate about unpaid SGC debts risk facing stringent repercussions, including severe penalties.

3. Flexibility on Due Dates

While adherence to deadlines is paramount, the ATO does display a degree of flexibility. If an SG contribution’s due date coincidentally aligns with a public holiday or weekend, both submission and payment can be deferred to the immediate following working day.


Understanding the Super Guarantee Charge Statement is not a mere obligation but a strategic manoeuvre for businesses, ensuring compliance and preventing unwanted financial pitfalls. As the intricacies of SGC come into sharper focus, the significance of adhering to deadlines, comprehending each component, and using the resources provided by the ATO becomes evident.

With rigorous oversight from the ATO, businesses are encouraged to approach their SGC duties with diligence, precision, and a keen sense of responsibility.



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Troy Burns

Non-Correlated Capital

Troy has more than 15 years investment and fund management experience, including management of hedge funds and multi-strategy funds. Troy has raised and managed over 300 million dollars in investments and has engaged and serviced over 150 high-net-worth clients for Non-Correlated Capital, the investment company which he serves as CEO and Portfolio Manager. Based out of Perth, Western Australia, Troy is one of the founders of SMSF Mate.

Troy’s educational qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Applied Finance, and Advanced Diploma, Financial Markets, completed at Charles Sturt University. Troy has also previously worked as a derivatives trader and the managing director of a civil engineering company.

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