For Queensland Government employers
It’s pretty normal for salaries to go up and down from time to time and there are a number of reasons a salary could change. There could be a new enterprise bargaining agreement or an incremental increase, the employee could be working more hours, or at a higher level, or they may have proportionate or purchased leave.
The way you report these changes in salary to us will depend on the type of account the employee's standard member contributions are paid into.
Employees working higher duties, or seconded from one department to another, need to work for a continuous period of 12 months before the higher salary is recognised and used as the basis for super payments.
When an employee returns to their substantive position, the payments will change to the current substantive position salary. In all other cases (including secondment to another participating QSuper employer), the new salary should be reported and your payments increased or decreased immediately.
For Defined Benefit account members, you should report the superannuation salary (defined as base salary plus approved allowances), at the most recent 1 July. This applies regardless of whether your employee has an increase or decrease in salary throughout the year.
For an employee that’s receiving a higher salary because they’re in a higher paid role, the higher salary is only reported as the employee's 1 July salary if they’ve been acting in the higher role continuously for at least the 12 months preceding that 1 July. This also applies when an employee is seconded from one Government department to another to act in a higher paid role.
When an employee changes their hours of work, the 1 July salary remains unchanged. However, the contributions and working hours are adjusted according to what the employee is actually working.
Depending on how your payments are reported to QSuper, purchased leave will impact Defined Benefit accounts in the following ways:
There are several similarities and differences in the way purchased leave impacts Accumulation accounts, depending on how the payments are reported to QSuper.
Your employee will need to think carefully about the continuity of their insurance cover, because it can have a significant impact on them and their family in the event of an accident or illness. So make sure your employees are aware of this information before starting a purchased leave contract.