NAT 13080-08.2014
Superannuation (super)
standard choice form
Instructions and form for employers and employees
Use this form to offer eligible employees their choice of super
fund. You must fill in the details of your nominated super fund,
also known as your default fund, before giving the form to
Give this form to an employee when:
n you hire a new employee who is eligible to choose a
n an existing eligible employee asks you for it
n you can no longer contribute to an employee’s nominated
super fund or it is no longer a complying fund
n you change your employer-nominated super fund and need
toadvise employees affected by this change.
Use this form to advise an employer of your choice of
You must provide the required information so your employer
canmake contributions to your nominated super fund.
The Standard choice form has three sections:
n section A, which the employee completes by providing
details of their choice of super fund, together with supporting
n section B, which the employer completes by providing details
of their nominated super fund (before they give the form to an
n section C, which the employer completes to document the
choice process for an employee.
Employers must retain the returned form as their record of
thechoice process. Completed forms must be retained for
Superannuation reform changes – SuperStream
SuperStream is a new standard for the way employers pay
contributions and send information to super funds. This
form collects information that employers will need when
using SuperStream.
If you choose your own super fund you will need to obtain
current information from your fund to complete items 3 or 4.
Item 3
Nominating your APRA fund or RSA
Complete this item if you are nominating your own APRA fund
(fund regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority)
or a retirement savings account (RSA).
You must include the unique superannuation identifier (USI)
provided by your fund.
You must attach a letter from the fund trustee or RSA provider
confirming that the fund or RSA:
n is a complying fund or RSA, and
n will accept payments from your employer.
This letter may contain other information to help your employer
make super contributions using the SuperStream standard.
Item 4
Nominating your self-managed super fund (SMSF)
Complete this item if you are nominating a self-managed
superfund (SMSF).
You must include your SMSF’s ABN, bank account details
and electronic service address (ESA) (so the fund can receive
electronic messages and payments from your employer using
FIND OUT MORE – for information about
how SuperStream applies to SMSFs
If you are using an SMSF message service provider they will
provide you with an electronic service address alias to include
as the ESA on the form.
You must attach copies of the following documents to support
your SMSF choice:
n a document confirming that the fund is regulated – this can
beprinted from
n a letter from the trustee of the SMSF confirming that the fund
will accept payments from your employer – if you are the
trustee, or a director of the corporate trustee, you can confirm
acceptance by placing an ‘X’ in the relevant box on the form.
Things you should know
n Your employer is not liable for the performance of the super
fund you or they nominate
n You should not seek financial advice from your employer
unless they are licensed to provide it
n Your employer is only required to accept one choice of
fundfrom you in a 12-month period; however, they may
accept more
n Your employer has two months after you return this form to
them to action your request
n Any money you have in existing funds will remain there unless
you arrange to transfer it (roll it over) to another fund – check
the impact of any exit fees you will incur or benefits you may
lose before leaving the fund (your employer cannot do this
n If you quote your TFN to your employer for super purposes,
they must provide it to the super fund
You may have lost super
n It is important to keep track of your super – if you’ve ever
changed your name, address or job, you may have lost track
of some of your super
n Having several super accounts could mean that fees and
charges are reducing your overall super investment
n You can register for our online services and use SuperSeeker
to check all your super accounts, find any lost or ATO-held
super and transfer your super into one account using a simple
online form
n – for information about super or
choosing a super fund
n (on the Australian Securities &
Investment Commission [ASIC] website) – search for
‘choose super fund’ for tips on how to choose a fund
If an employee nominates their own super fund, they will provide
information at section A that will assist you to prepare for, and
make contributions to super funds using SuperStream.
FIND OUT MORE – for more
information on SuperStream.
Section B
Complete section B before giving this form to your employee.
The super fund you nominate must be authorised to offer
a MySuper product. If you need to confirm your MySuper
arrangements contact your default super fund.
Sign and date this section on the day you give the form to your
Section C
Complete section C after your employee returns this form to
you. Record the date you accept your employee’s choice of
fund and the date that you act on the choice. Retain the form
with your records. Do not send the form to the ATO or to
n – for more information on
super, offering an employee a choice of fund or paying
super contributions
n – to find a super fund authorised to
offer a MySuper product
Things you should know
n The quarterly* due dates for super contributions are:
28 October
28 January
28 April
28 July
n If you have not received an employee’s completed form and
a super contribution is due, you must make the payment to
your nominated fund by the due date
n In the two months after you receive an employee’s completed
form, you can pay their super contributions to either the fund
you have nominated or the fund they have nominated
n After the two-month period, you must make contribution
payments to the fund the employee has nominated
n You do not have to action an employee’s fund nomination
if they have nominated a fund in the previous 12 months;
however, you may choose to action their request
n phone 13 10 20 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to
Friday, to speak to a tax officer
n phone our publications ordering service on 1300 720 092
for copies of our publications
n write to us at
Australian Tax Office
PO Box 3578
Albury NSW 2640
n If you do not speak English well and want to talk to a tax
officer, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on
13 14 50 for help with your call.
n If you have a hearing or speech impairment and have
access to appropriate TTY or modem equipment, phone
13 36 77
. If you do not have access to TTY or modem
equipment, phone the Speech to Speech Relay Service
on 1300 555 727.
* You can pay contributions more regularly than quarterly. For example, some
employers pay fortnightly or monthly based on employee workplace agreements or
arrangements with super funds.
You are free to copy, adapt, modify, transmit and distribute this material as
youwish(but not in any way that suggests the ATO or the Commonwealth
endorsesyou or any of your services or products).
Australian Taxation Office
August 2014
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and clear information to help you understand your rights and
entitlements and meet your obligations.
If you follow our information in this publication and it turns out
tobe incorrect, or it is misleading and you make a mistake as
aresult, we must still apply the law correctly. If that means you
owe us money, we must ask you to pay it but we will not charge
you a penalty. Also, if you acted reasonably and in good faith we
will not charge you interest.
If you make an honest mistake in trying to follow our information
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themoney, and we may also charge you interest. If correcting
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Wewill also pay you any interest you are entitled to.
If you feel that this publication does not fully cover your
circumstances, or you are unsure how it applies to you,
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This publication was current at August 2014.
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Standard choice form
NAT 13080‑08.2014
Section A: Employee to complete
For use by employers when offering employees a choice of fund
and by employees to advise their employer of their chosen fund.
2 Your details
Employee identification number (if applicable)
Tax file number (TFN)
You do not have to quote your TFN but if you do not provide it, your contributions may be taxed at a higher rate.
Your TFN also helps you keep track of your super and allows you to make personal contributions to your fund.
1 Choice of superannuation (super) fund
I request that all my future super contributions be paid to: (place an
in one of the boxes below)
The APRA fund or retirement savings account (RSA) I nominate Complete items 2, 3 and 5
The self‑managed super fund (SMSF) I nominate Complete items 2, 4 and 5
The super fund nominated by my employer (in section B) Complete items 2 and 5
3 Nominating your APRA fund or RSA
You will need current details from your APRA regulated fund or RSA to complete this item.
Your member number (if applicable)
Fund phone
Fund ABN
Your account name (if applicable)
Fund name
Fund address
Suburb/town State/territory Postcode
Unique superannuation identifier (USI)
Required documentation
You need to attach a letter from your fund stating that they are a complying fund and that they will accept contributions from
your employer. Correct information about your super fund is needed for your employer to pay super contributions.
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Return the completed form to your employer as soon as possible.
Day Month Year
5 Signature and date
If you have nominated your own fund in Item 3 or 4, check that you have attached the required documentation and
then place an ‘X’ in the box below.
I have attached the relevant documentation.
Required documentation
You need to attach a document confirming the SMSF is an ATO regulated super fund. You can locate and print a copy of
thecompliance status for your SMSF by searching using the ABN or fund name in the Super Fund Lookup service at
If you are the trustee, or a director of the corporate trustee you can confirm that your SMSF will accept contributions from
youremployer by making the following declaration (place an ‘X’ in the box below):
I am the trustee, or a director of the corporate trustee of the SMSF and I declare that the SMSF will accept contributions
from my employer.
If you are not the trustee, or a director of the corporate trustee of the SMSF, then you must attach a letter from the trustee
confirming that the fund will accept contributions from your employer.
4 Nominating your self-managed super fund (SMSF)
You will need current details from your SMSF trustee to complete this item.
Fund phone
Fund ABN
Fund name
Fund address
Suburb/town State/territory Postcode
Fund electronic service address (ESA)
BSB code (please include all six numbers) Account number
Fund bank account
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The ATO does not collect this information; we provide this form as a means for employees to identify and provide necessary
information to their employer. An employer is authorised to collect an employee’s TFN under the Superannuation Industry
(Supervision) Act 1993. It is not an offence for an employee not to quote their TFN. However, quoting a TFN reduces the
riskofadministrative errors and if the employee does not quote their TFN their contributions may be taxed at a higher rate.
Anemployee can get more details regarding their privacy rights by contacting their superannuation fund.
Section C: Employer to complete
Complete this section when your employee returns the form to you with section A completed.
Employers must keep the completed form for their own record for five years. Do not send it to the Australian
Taxation Office, the employer’s nominated fund or the employee’s nominated fund.
8 Record of choice acceptance
In the two months after you receive the form from your employee you can make super contributions to either the fund you
nominated or the fund the employee nominated. After the two‑month period you must make payments to the fund chosen
bythe employee.
If you don’t meet your obligations, including paying your employee superannuation contributions to the correct fund,
you may face penalties.
Date you act on your
employee’s choice
Day Month Year
Date employee’s choice
Day Month Year
Business name
6 Your details
Day Month Year
Section B: Employer to complete
You must complete this section before giving the form to an employee who is eligible to choose the super fund into which you
pay their super contributions.
Sign and date the form when you give it to your employee.
7 Your nominated super fund
If the employee does not choose their own super fund, you are required to pay super contributions on their behalf to the fund
that you have nominated below:
Super fund website address
Phone (for the product disclosure statement for this fund)
Super fund name
Unique superannuation identifier (USI)
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