Superannuation contributions

Superannuation contributions

Making superannuation contributions is an important way to achieve the lifestyle you want in retirement. Here are a few ways you can get started:

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Pre-tax contributions

A pre-tax contribution, also known a concessional contribution is any money you put into your superannuation from your pre-tax income. It’ll only be taxed 15%*, provided that you don’t exceed annual limits set by the government. Currently the annual caps are $30,000 if you are under age 50, and $35,000 if you are aged 50 or over.

To find out more about annual limits visit the ATO website or speak to a financial adviser.

The Superannuation guarantee scheme

The Super guarantee (SG) scheme is the 9.5% of your salary that your employer must pay into your super from your pre-tax salary. It’s been proposed to gradually increase to 12% by 2025-26. If you’re not sure what your employer is paying, check with your payroll department.

Learn more about the superannuation guarantee scheme and employer super obligations.

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Salary sacrifice

A salary sacrifice is when you make a pre-tax contribution to your super. You choose to ‘sacrifice’ part of your pre-tax salary, or bonus, and have your employer add it directly to your super account. This is in addition to the compulsory SG amount your employer is required to contribute.

One of the benefits of salary sacrifice contributions is that they are generally taxed in the super fund at 15%* instead of your marginal tax rate.

Read more about how salary sacrificing works or check with your employer if salary sacrifice is available.

The low income super contribution (LISC)

If you earn $37,000 or less a year and put some pre-tax money into your super that year, you may get an automatic payment into your super of up to $500 per year from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).  Find out more about the low income super contribution.

Salary sacrifice calculator

Compare the effect on take home pay and super by making personal super contributions, using either salary sacrifice or an after-tax contribution. 

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After-tax contribution

An after-tax contribution, also called a non-concessional contribution is a payment into your super from your after-tax income. This money is not taxed as you’ve already paid tax on it at your normal rate. There’s a $180,000 limit per year, for the current year, on the amount of after-tax contributions you can make.

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What if I’m self-employed?

You can make an after-tax contribution and claim it as a tax deduction. Also, that amount will only be taxed at a 15%* rate. You’ll need to fill in a notice of intent form for us before you submit a tax return.

Government co-contributions

If you earn up to $35,454 and less than $50,454 a year and you put some after-tax money into your super, the Australian government can add up to $500 tax free co-contribution to your account. That $500 amount decreases by 3.33c for every dollar that your annual income is above $35,454 (in 2015/16).
Find out more about the government co-contributions

Spouse contributions

Want to help increase your spouse’s superannuation? If your spouse earns up to $13,800 a year and you put in as much as $3,000 into their super, this can get you an 18% tax offset—saving you up to $540 in tax. Find out more about tax offsets on spouse contributions.

Split your super contribution

You can split up to 85% of you pre-tax super contribution with your spouse. This can help their super grow and possibly reduce the tax you’ll pay as well if you make salary sacrifice contributions. The types of contributions you can split include your SG and salary sacrifice.

*30% if you earn over $300,000 pa.

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