Contribution standard v2.0

From May 2017 we began paying government contributions to funds in the SuperStream standard.

In late 2016, after consulting with funds, we decided to narrow the scope of this release to focus on government-to-business (G2B) contributions. This is because the business-to-business (B2B) element required relatively minor changes for improved handling of refunds associated with contributions errors.

A new fortnightly consultation forum, Contributions Implementation Working Group (CIWG), was formed on 23 February 2017.

Keep up to date with the latest news by visiting the SuperStream Readiness and Implementation page on Let’s Talk.

Key dates and industry readiness

The contribution standard v2.0 must be implemented by all Registrable Superannuation Entities (RSE) licensees as follows:

  • error response messaging for Business to Business (B2B) transactions by 31 August 2017
  • G2B contributions by 31 August 2017.

Funds that are unable to meet the 31 August 2017 conformance date for error response messaging for B2B transactions must advise APRA, as this constitutes a reportable breach.

G2B industry testing and production cutover

All external vendor testing environment (EVTE) processes have been moved to an Amazon cloud solution

We have finalised the SuperStream contributions v2.0 fund testing schedule (PDF, 49KB). Some minor updates to this schedule are expected as funds progress through their implementation planning.

The schedule will be re-published on an ad-hoc basis, based on fund updates received.  All updates to the schedule should be emailed to SuperStreamStandards@ato.gov.au.

The Contributions V2 testing and cutover guide (PDF, 254KB) has been developed. It describes the testing and production cutover processes that funds and/or their intermediaries need to undertake to prepare for and support implementation of contributions v2.0. Fund peer-to-peer testing with us started in late April 2017 and will continue until August 2017.

It is a fund’s decision to determine their readiness to cutover to production, considering that sufficient fund testing has been conducted to allow self-certification of production systems and operational processes. A Contributions G2B v2.0 Production readiness checklist (PDF, 48.97KB) must be submitted to SuperStreamStandards@ato.gov.au on confirmation of your readiness.

A change to your FVS certification details will signal the fund/USI is ready to receive Government contributions in the Standard. Funds must not update the Fund Details Register for any USI that is not ready to cutover to production - once a USI has been updated to the GCON2.0-X certification, that USI will receive ALL Government contributions in the Standard.

There is a lead time of 10 business days to update the certification details on the Fund Validation Service before it becomes effective. Further details about how to update the Fund Validation Service can be found in the FVS user guide (PDF, 959kB).

Funds will commence their deployment to contribution v2.0 from May 2017 and all entities should complete cutover by 31 August 2017.

ATO Business Deployment Verification

On 6 June 2017 we began our Contributions v2.0 Business Deployment Verification (BDV) exercise which runs for a period of up to 6 weeks. We are conducting BDV in a controlled environment with nine funds and athree gateways.

BDV will leverage off the current super remittance and recovery processing schedule, ensuring every contribution product run occurs at least once during the BDV period.

SuperStream aggregation schedule

Date from

Co-Contributions remittance

Tuesday 6 June

SG recovery

Tuesday 13 June

SG remittance

Tuesday 13 June

SHAsa remittance

Thursday 15 June

LISC remittance

Tuesday 20 June

Co-contributions recovery

Thursday 22 June

LISC recovery

Thursday 6 July

The BDV exercise will:

  • confirm end-to-end receipt and processing of government contributions including low income superannuation contribution (LISC), co-contributions, superannuation holding account (SHA) and super guarantee (SG) payments and recovery processes
  • confirm existing services and transactions for industry and ATO are not affected by the government contribution release
  • confirm that issues experienced during the G2B USM rollovers release have been addressed for contributions payments, and
  • provide assurance that moving to full production for government contribution payments will not introduce any new irritants or manual effort for us or industry.

Communications on the progress of BDV will continue via regular fortnightly CIWG meetings unless significant issues arise in which case a CRT alert will be issued.

Information about any production issues will also be shared through ‘Latest news’ on the SuperStream Readiness and Implementation page on Let’s Talk.

Self-managed super funds

We are aware that a significant number of self-managed super fund (SMSF) message providers will not be ready for the contribution standard v2.0. As a result we will not be implementing G2B messages for SMSFs until the majority of SMSF message providers are ready.

Technical artefacts, checklists and guides

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Comments and feedback can be sent to SuperStreamStandards@ato.gov.au.

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