Grow your super

Employers are required to contribute 9.5% of your salary to super but the harsh reality is this may not be enough.

Take control and help grow your retirement savings - putting some extra money into your super will pay off over the long term. It doesn’t need to be a lot – just a few dollars from each pay now can make a real difference later.

It's a simple fact that the more you have in super, the better your lifestyle will be in retirement.

Salary Sacrifice

Salary sacrifice can be an effective method of boosting your super while reducing your tax along the way.

Salary sacrifice is an arrangement with your employer where you agree to have a portion of your pre-tax salary paid into your super instead of being paid to you as ordinary income. This is also known as a concessional contribution. Depending on how much you earn, this can be a tax-effective way of topping up your super.

Salary sacrifice contributions aren’t subject to income tax but are instead taxed at 15%. Considering the marginal tax can be as high as 45%, the savings you can make by salary sacrificing - provided you stay within the contribution limits - can be significant.

See how a little bit extra in your super can make a big difference to your future.

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Learn more about salary sacrifice contributions.

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Use this form to set up an arrangement with your employer.

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Personal Contributions

Personal or ‘after-tax' contributions are payments you make to super from your income after income tax is deducted. This is usually from your take home pay, but could also be profits you receive from selling a property or contributions made by your spouse.

These types of contributions are known as non-concessional contributions. You generally won’t pay additional tax when you make these types of contributions, however there are rules around making these types of contributions.

Learn more about making personal contributions.

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Use this form to make a personal contribution.

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Spouse Contributions

Making spouse contributions helps couples to save for retirement and take advantage of super tax concessions.

If your spouse earns an annual income of $37,000 or less a tax offset of up to $540 is available. All you need to do is make a personal contribution to your spouse’s account of at least $3,000 into a complying super fund, such as EISS Super.

The tax offset amount will gradually reduce for income above this amount and completely phases out when your spouse’s annual income reaches $40,000.

Your spouse must be under age 65 or aged 65 to 69 and meet the work-test to be eligible to receive this contribution.

Please note, you will not be entitled to the tax offset when your spouse receiving the contribution:

  • exceeds their non-concessional contributions cap for the relevant year, or
  • has a total superannuation balance equal to or exceeding the general transfer balance cap ($1.6 million for 2017/18) immediately before the start of the financial year in which the contribution was made.

Government Co-contributions

If you’re a low or middle income earner and make personal (after-tax) contributions to your super, the Government also makes a contribution (called a co-contribution) up to a maximum amount of $500. The amount of government co-contribution you receive depends on your income and how much you contribute.

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