For iCare Super SMSF clients , we will apply for an ESA free of charge from messaging providers and email it to you upon request.
What is an electronic service address?
An ESA (electronic service address) is an identifier used by SMSFs that represent the URL or IP address of a messaging provider. It is required by SuperStream to report the superannuation guarantee contributions electronically in a standard format. It is also compulsory if you transfer member balance between super funds
Normally ESA has a few letters, such as QUICKSUPER, MACQUARIESMSF, WRKRSMSF.
Who can provide an ESA to my SMSF?
The messaging providers or your SMSF administrator, bank, tax agent or accountants can provide an ESA to your SMSF.
What are the costs of applying for an ESA or maintaining an ESA?
Most of ESA providers are no cost or low costs for ESA that only allows you to make employer contributions. If you want to use an ESA for rollover between super funds, you will need to pay a services provider to get an ESA. Please note we will apply for an ESA for your SMSF free of charge if you subscribe BGL360 cloud software and there is no ongoing costs for maintaining the ESA.
When do I need an ESA for my SMSF ?
You need to give the ESA to your employer before they can transfer the employer contributions to your SMSF. The ESA is also required for rollovers between super funds.
Can I change or update the ESA for my SMSF?
Yes, you can. We will help you update it with the ATO. It can be done in a couple of minutes.
Why can’t my SMSF receive employer contributions with an ESA?
Even you have an ESA for your SMSF, your SMSF still needs to meet the following conditions to be able to receive employer contributions: