Automatic enrolment

When you start a new job, if you're not already a member and are eligible, your employer will automatically enrol you in KiwiSaver.

You'll be automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver if you're aged from 18 to 64 years, start a new job with a new employer and your job is:

  • full-time
  • permanent part-time
  • a temporary contract for more than 28 days, or
  • as a casual agricultural worker for more than 3 months.

Exceptions to automatic enrolment

You won't be automatically enrolled if you:

  • are under 18 years old
  • are a casual agricultural worker
  • are an election day worker
  • are a private domestic worker and you pay your own PAYE
  • are employed under a temporary contract for less than 28 days - however, if the contract is extended beyond 28 days you will be automatically enrolled on day 29
  • are a casual employee who receives holiday pay with your wages
  • are on paid parental leave or ACC
  • stay on the same payroll
    • when a business is taken over or amalgamated, or
    • if you relocate with the same employer eg transfer between branches, or if you are promoted
  • only receive schedular payments (formally withholding payments)
  • aren't required to have PAYE deductions made from your salary and wages
  • revert to an employer from whom you were seconded, straight after that secondment
  • are already employed as a teacher and transfer to another state or state integrated school
  • are an employee of the New Zealand State Services working overseas
  • are a shareholder employee and your income is not subject to PAYE.

Inland Revenue takes up to 3 months after you've been automatically enrolled to send your contributions, your employer's contributions and the $1,000 kick-start to your KiwiSaver provider. Find out what happens after you've been automatically enrolled.

If you're automatically enrolled by your employer

Month 1
When you start work

Your employer gives you a KiwiSaver employee information pack (KS3).

You need to complete the KiwiSaver deduction form (KS2) in the KS3 pack and give it to your employer.

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Inland Revenue provisionally allocates you to:

  • your employer's chosen scheme, if they have one, or
  • a default KiwiSaver scheme.
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When you get your first pay

Contributions start to be deducted from your pay (before tax) at your chosen rate.

Your employer makes compulsory employer contributions.

 

 

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Month 2
Within the first 8 weeks

You need to decide whether to stay in KiwiSaver or opt out.

 

 

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Within 3 months of your first contribution being deducted from your pay

If you don't opt out:

  • you have the option of choosing your own scheme
  • Inland Revenue holds on to your contributions and pays interest on them.
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Month 3
After you've been making contributions for 3 months

If you've chosen your own scheme, you'll be enrolled with them. Otherwise you'll be enrolled with the employer-chosen scheme or default scheme you were originally allocated to.

Inland Revenue pays to your scheme:

  • the $1,000 kick-start, and
  • your contributions and your employer contributions that have been processed, with interest.
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