South Australian workers are having $283 million in superannuation unpaid from them by employers, with the average person missing out on $1,600 a year.
Analysis of the Australian Tax Office (ATO) data from 2016-2017 by Industry Super Australia revealed over 170,000 people not receiving their legal super entitlement.
The top 10 worst effected electorates in the state were Makin, Port Adelaide, Adelaide, Wakefield, Hindmarsh, Sturt, Barker, Boothby, Kingston, and Mayo.
Bernie Dean, Industry Super Australia chief executive, had called on the South Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Wage Theft to make a recommendation to the Federal Government to align the payment of super with wages.
“The only way to stop unpaid super is for the Federal Government to make super payable on payday,” Dean said.
“The South Australian Parliamentary Inquiry has a chance to help fix this problem once and for all.”
“Workers are having their super stolen right across the state – no electorate is immune. South Australian federal and state politicians have a responsibility to ensure workers are paid their legal entitlements and it’s time action was taken.”