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.

Salary-sacrificed contributions count for Family Tax Benefit

Q: I was wondering what you know about salary sacrifice super being included in Family Tax Benefit family income calculations?A: Since 1 July 2009, salary sacrificed super contributions have been included when assessing income for the Family Tax Benefit (FTB). The income test used for the FTB is … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: 20 popular Q and As

We receive many interesting questions from readers. We believe this contact with our readers makes our SuperGuide site even more useful for readers because we enhance the SuperGuide website in response to the popularity of certain articles and topics, and in response to the types of questions that … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: Turning 50 is all about timing

Q: I was born in May 1966 (turning 50 in May 2016). Can you explain which financial year I am considered to be over 50 in relation to the special $35,000 concessional contributions cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the concessional (before-tax) contribution rules for … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps

Q: Are the caps relating to ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contributions regarded as separate? Put simply, can I contribute $30,000 concessional and $540,000 non-concessional sums (a total contribution of $570,000) to my super fund for the 2015/2016 year?A: ‘Yes’ is the answer to the … [Read more...]

Contributions caps relate to financial years, not calendar years

Q: I understand the three-year bring-forward rule that allows you to contribute up to $540,000 in after-tax contributions. My question is: What date does the second three-year period start? For example, if I contributed $540,000 on 28 Dec 2015, does that mean I can contribute another $540,000 on or … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees: Is your super fund ready for SuperStream?

If your SMSF receives super contributions from an employer, or employers, on behalf of SMSF members, then your self-managed super fund should be SuperStream-ready… yesterday!If you have just set up your SMSF and seeking information on how to make your SMSF SuperStream-ready, continue reading, … [Read more...]

Liberals response to Financial System Inquiry: Super and retirement summary

On 20 October 2015, the new Liberal leadership of the current Liberal government published their response to the Financial System Inquiry (FSI). For readers, it is safe to treat this response as a political document, drawing a line in the sand for the next federal election, due some time in … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

Note: This is the second article in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers plan for retirement. This article, and the first article in the series, Super checklist: 10 ways to save your super (link also appears at the end of this article), is … [Read more...]

Does the government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap?A: A superannuation co-contribution is a super contribution paid by the … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

Q: I am earning a salary of $200,000 plus super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be for … [Read more...]