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.


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

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 (2014/2015 year)

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Note: The co-contribution rules for the 2014/2015 year (and for the 2013/2014 and 2012/2013 years) are very different from the co-contribution rules applicable for the 2011/2012 year. For your reference and convenience, we have retained the co-contribution rules for these previous years, at the end … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 survival guide

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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. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. If you exceed … [Read more...]

Your 2014/2015 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

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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...]

Super for beginners, part 2: My first job

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Question: I am 16 years of age. I still go to school but I have just started my first part-time job. Do I get any superannuation? And if I do, where does it go? Answer: Congratulations on your first job. You ask two questions about your super entitlements: Am I eligible for Superannuation … [Read more...]

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

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Q: I am earning a salary of $270,000 including super. I am aged 42 and I am planning my super contributions for the 2014/2015 year. 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 … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee increases to 9.5% for 2014/2015 year

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From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increases to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is the official term for compulsory superannuation contributions made by employers on behalf of their employees. An employer, regardless of … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 18: My employer hasn’t paid my SG. What can I do?

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Q: What steps can I take to ensure my employer contributes all I’m owed to my super fund? I have been asking my employer for the last 3 to 4 months about putting my super contributions into my super fund, as they have not done so since I started working there about 1.5 years ago. I only realised … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2014/2015 and previous years)

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Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2014/2015 year, 2013/2014 year and previous years. The maximum superannuation contribution base is used to determine the maximum Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contribution that an employer is required to make under … [Read more...]

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

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Generally speaking, you can make two types of super contributions: non-concessional (after-tax) contributions and concessional (before-tax) contributions. Concessional contributions can also include tax-deductible super contributions, where an individual claims a deduction. For the 2013/2014 … [Read more...]