Employment & Superannuation

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills assists organisations to navigate the complex issues that can arise in the context of employment taxes, including payroll tax and superannuation.

Our practitioners have broad experience dealing with employee share schemes in a range of circumstances including their establishment and dissolution as well as issues arising in corporate restructures including mergers and demergers. 

Greenwoods' experience extends to a wide range of employment related tax issues including employment termination and redundancies, remuneration packaging and contractor arrangements. We also provide specialist expertise in superannuation. 

We regularly participate in Australian Taxation Office and Treasury consultations on behalf of private-sector representative bodies including The Tax Institute and peak industry bodies such as the Australian Bankers Association and the Property Council of Australia. Notably, our Directors have been closely involved in the Australian Government’s ongoing consultative processes concerning the amendments to the taxation of employee share schemes.

Employment & Superannuation Transactions

NAB: sale of interest in MLC

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised NAB on the sale of 80% of its life insurance business to Nippon Life Insurance Company for A$2.4 billion.

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Viator: Class Ruling

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised Viator Inc in respect of the tax treatment of their employee equity arrangements following the takeover by Trip Advisor Inc.

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Lend Lease: superannuation

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised Lend Lease on the closure of its Superannuation Plan Defined Benefits Division in 2014.

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First State Super: merger

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills advised First State Super on its merger with Health Super in 2011.

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Employment & Superannuation Publications

05 May 2017  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Superbad SG non-compliance

The Senate Economics References Committee has released a report following industry concerns of considerable underpayment of mandated Superannuation Guarantee contributions.

28 Apr 2017  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Super caps – let the complications begin!

New legislation seeks to limit the use of limited recourse borrowings to circumvent the pending new super caps. Retirement saving in Australia keeps getting more complicated.

21 Mar 2017  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Longevity super at long last

Much heralded and long-awaited tax rules for lifetime annuity products have been released keeping the Government framework for these new products on track for its promised 1 July 2017 start.

20 Mar 2017  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Employment taxes update

Australian tax obligations affecting employers are always changing. This update looks at changes to the laws and regulations from September 2016 to March 2017.

20 Feb 2017  |  Riposte  |  Employment & Superannuation

Employment taxes - a guide

Employers are subject to a collection of taxes which may differ between jurisdictions. Our guide provides an overview of the employment taxes, charges and levies applicable throughout Australia.

Employment taxes guide.pdf (137 kb)

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Employment & Superannuation team

Cameron Blackwood



Aldrin De Zilva

Director, Head of Melbourne Office and Head of Projects & Infrastructure


Toby Eggleston



Adrian O'Shannessy



Graham Warren

Special Counsel