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How do I align my pay periods to a fortnightly tax period?

In task 5 of the set up process, select the ‘Fortnightly’ payment frequency to align your pay periods with the fortnightly period.

We’ll provide recommended settings for this pay period and automatically align it to the fortnightly period. You can edit the recommended settings by clicking ‘Edit group’ to select any settings of your choice. If you’re happy with the automatic settings click ‘Save group’.

If you want to customise your set-up you can do so by selecting ‘Customise set-up’ and then click ‘Add a pay period’.

Select ‘Fortnightly’ from the drop down list next to How often do you pay your workers?

As the 2024/25 tax year began on a Saturday, select ‘Saturday – Friday’.

You’ll also need to confirm when the current pay period starts by selecting one of the options from the drop down menu.

Two options will be displayed, based on the current date. The dates are formatted in the drop-down menu as ‘Saturday [06] [04]’. This means Saturday 6 April.

The following table shows you all the fortnightly tax periods throughout the year that starts on a Saturday. Only one of these dates will appear on screen. Select a date that matches a date in this list.

6 April 20 April 4 May
18 May 1 June 15 June
29 June 13 July 27 July
10 August  24 August 7 September
21 September 5 October 19 October
2 November 16 November 30 November
14 December 28 December 11 January
25 January 8 February 22 February
8 March 22 March  


The last step is to choose a deadline for contributions. This is also known as your payment due date and is the date we’ll expect the contributions to have cleared in our bank account. The deadline will automatically default to ‘9 days after’ the pay period ends but you can change this to suit your organisation. You can select up to a maximum of 22 days after the pay period ends.

By law your contributions need to have cleared in our account by the 22nd day of the month following the month you deducted contributions from your workers’ wages. That is unless you are holding on to contributions for them during their opt-out period. For more information on holding on to a worker’s contributions, please see How can I hold on to contributions during a worker’s opt-out period?

At the end of the tax year you’ll have to create a new group for fortnightly pay periods based on the day that 6 April 2025 falls on. You’ll then need to transfer your workers to the new group.

In the year 2024 this starts on 6 April and ends on 19 April. The last contribution schedule won’t cover 5 April 2025.

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