Stapled Super Funds

From 1 November 2021, if you employ new staff and they don’t choose a super fund, you may need to request their existing super account (‘stapled super fund’) details from the ATO.

A stapled super fund is an existing super account linked, or ‘stapled’, to an employee so it follows them as they change jobs.

When a new employee starts, you need to:

  • offer them a choice of a super fund if they’re eligible to choose
  • request their stapled fund details from us if they don’t choose a fund.

This includes employees who aren’t eligible to choose a fund, such as:

  • temporary residents
  • employees covered by an enterprise agreement or workplace determination made before 1 January 2021.

You then pay their super contributions into one of the following:

  • the super fund the employee chooses
  • the stapled super fund the ATO have provided to you
  • your default fund (or another that meets the ‘choice of fund’ rules) if you can’t pay into either of the above.

Before you can request an employee’s stapled fund details, you need to submit a Tax file number declaration or a Single Touch Payroll event to establish an employment relationship.


If you have any further questions regarding your employees and super, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your STS accountant.