Making superannuation contributions

Superannuation contributions (including personal contributions and employer contributions) are a cash amount, or in some cases an asset, that is contributed to a complying superannuation fund, on behalf of an individual under the age of 75.

Super contributions and earnings on those contributions are the key to accumulating a substantial retirement nest egg. Find out how you can make concessional (before-tax) contributions, non-concessional (after-tax) contributions, receive co-contributions and more. As a starting point you may want to consider reading the following SuperGuide articles:


Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Making superannuation contributions.

Super alert: Have you counted your super contributions lately?

Note: This article outlines the super contribution rules, and also provides a list of helpful articles that explain how the two types of contributions caps work, and the general contribution rules.You can make two types of super contributions: concessional (before-tax) contributions and … [Read more...]

Excess contributions tax: The most ridiculous super policy ever?

Note: This article outlines the disastrous outcomes that can result when a tax policy is not properly considered, and not properly implemented. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past, and a lot fairer than what is discussed in this article. For the latest excess … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

This article explains all of the important rules that apply to concessional (before-tax) super contributions.Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. … [Read more...]

Super contributions: How much co-contribution will I get?

Q: Where do I go to find a calculator that helps me work out how much co-contribution I will be entitled to, and how much super I need to contribute to get that co-contribution? I am also looking for something that shows the sliding scale for different income levels and different super … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years).The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]

Super Tip No 3: Turn $1000 into $1500 in three steps

I don’t normally suggest ‘easy money’ strategies. I’m often sceptical about the motives of the individuals suggesting such strategies, which means I don’t like being boxed in that same category. In this instance however, I am going to explain a government-backed strategy that means, if you’re … [Read more...]

Super Tip No 2: Love your super like your own

The easiest way to save your super is to treat your super like you would money in the bank – which it is, nearly, except that you can’t spend it yet. Key message: It’s your money You turn up for work and your employer must pay money into a super fund on your behalf – the equivalent of 9.5% of your … [Read more...]

Your 2015/2016 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

Non-concessional superannuation contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. You may even hear them called ‘undeducted’ contributions. Such super contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee rate 9.5% for 2015/2016 year, and for 2016/2017 year

The Superannuation Guarantee rate remained at 9.5% for the 2015/2016 financial year, and again remains at 9.5% for the 2016/2017 financial year. The Superannuation Guarantee rate first increased to 9.5% from 1 July 2014 (the 2014/2015 year).Based on revised laws, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% … [Read more...]