Rocky workers ripped off on Super
CENTRAL Queensland is one of the worst places in Australia for workers missing out on their superannuation.
Industry Super Australia and Cbus estimate, using official tax office and Australian Bureau of Statistics data, that more than 30% of workers right across Queensland are missing out on some or all of their super entitlements.
They claim more than one third of eligible workers, some 32,000 people living in Rockhampton, Gladstone, and the Central Highlands, are being short-changed on their super payments by an average of more than $1,900 a year.
Industry Super Australia chief executive, David Whiteley, said today that Central Queenslanders who are missing out on their super stand less chance of a decent standard of living in retirement.
"Central Queensland employers who are doing the right thing by their workers are competing on an uneven playing field against those who are not," he said.
"Workers who've put faith in the system have discovered that their super, including their voluntary contributions, have not been paid.
"It is not unusual for workers who have lodged a complaint with the tax office to be still waiting for answers, let alone their money, years afterwards. One was told that it may take 10 to 20 years to recover his entitlements.
"Your super fund can provide advice if you think you have been underpaid but we need changes to the law. Those in Central Queensland who have been affected can be part of the solution by making a submission to a newly-established Senate."