Other agencies aren’t doing this, why is High Voltage?
There are heavy penalties for businesses not paying superannuation contributions when obligated. We cannot speak for other agencies in our industry. We are acting on behalf of the directive from both the Australian Taxation Office and advice from our accountants to ensure we are looking out for both our artists and our business interests.
There are no financial gains for High Voltage for following Australian Taxation Office guidelines and it has come at a substantial cost to our business in both time and wages to ensure this is implemented correctly.
My accountant said this does not apply to me
We strongly recommend you seek further advice from the Australian Taxation Office by calling 13 10 20 between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, to speak to a tax officer or speak with a qualified accountant. Please ensure you mention the relevant extract from the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992, section 12, paragraph 8 which prescribes that performing artists are specifically considered employees for superannuation guarantee purposes (https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00230).