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Superannuation for Independent Contractors – LPA issues definitive statement


It has come to Live Performance Australia’s attention that there is uncertainty as to whether employers in the Live Entertainment Industry must make superannuation contributions for independent contractors.

All employers in the Live Entertainment Industry should be making superannuation contributions on behalf of both their employees as well as people they engage as independent contractors under an ABN who undertake work as provided below.


Superannuation legislation (section 12(8) of the Act) extends the requirement to make super contributions for independent contractors working in the Live Entertainment Industry if they are:

  • a person who is paid to perform or present, or to participate in the performance or presentation of, any music, play, dance, entertainment, sport, display or promotional activity or any similar activity involving the exercise of intellectual, artistic, musical, physical or other personal skills is an employee of the person liable to make the payment; or
  • a person who is paid to provide services in connection with an activity referred to above.

When asked how to pay superannuation to contractors who provide an ABN, LPA’s David Hamilton replied “What we at LPA do, and other producers and employers we know do, is request the ABN holder for their super details at the time of contracting.”

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See also from CX Magazine Contractor or Employee – it Makes a Difference from our Employment issue, March 2018.

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