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  • Small Business Superannuation Clearing House transition project

    The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) allows eligible businesses to make super payments on behalf of their employees to multiple funds and accounts through a single transaction. This enables employers to meet their Super Guarantee (SG) obligations through a free and simple, SuperStream compliant solution.

    The SBSCH was established in 2010 by the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a red tape reduction measure for small business. In April 2014, as part of a Machinery of Government change, the service moved to the ATO. However, the DHS continued to provide the service.

    The agreement to transfer the SBSCH to the ATO provided an opportunity to take advantage of ATO-held data and systems. The transfer has two phases:

    • The first phase delivered in December 2016 was the program management function and operational capabilities (processing returned payments and call centre support).
    • The second phase scheduled for early 2018 will transition the operation of the SBSCH to ATO systems, providing users with one place to access all ATO online services.

    With the new system conforming to existing ATO online standards, employers will notice:

    • a change in the authentication process
      • no user ID and password log in
      • most users will access ATO online services using an authentication solution such as Manage ABN Connections or AUSkey
    • provision of some pre-filling
    • the ability to conduct other ATO business activity with one log in.

    Impact on funds

    Funds may be impacted in the following ways:

    • From 22 January 2018, funds will no longer have access to the SBSCH
      • any APRA fund wishing to access reports and download statements can use SuperStream to reconcile their payments.
      • any SMSF accessing reports and downloading statements can register with an Electronic Service Address (ESA) and use their reports to reconcile their payments.
    • Funds may be asked to assist in SuperStream testing.
    • Where SBSCH users do not wish to register for myGov or AUSkey, funds will have the opportunity to offer alternative SuperStream compliant clearing house solutions to their clients.

    Key dates

    The current system will remain open for employer payments until close of business on 19 February 2018:

    • No access to the SBSCH from 20 February 2018 to 25 February 2018 inclusive.
    • The new system is expected to be available for use by employers and their agents from 26 February 2018.
    • Funds will no longer receive any new messages/contributions from the legacy system after 23 February 2018, it will only be operational to allow funds to return payments.
    • The legacy system is expected to be decommissioned on 31 May 2018.
    • Funds are reminded they have 55 days (as outlined by the standard) to either allocate a contribution to a member or return it to the payment source.

    Communications to industry

    We have presented SBSCH transition project information at a number of industry forums and will continue to use these forums to provide regular updates.

    We communicate with industry via a number of channels including:

    • meetings
    • newsletters
    • CRT alerts
    • Super Communique
      Last modified: 02 Jan 2018QC 54144