Superannuation Guarantee (SG)

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is the official term for compulsory superannuation contributions made by employers on behalf of their employees.

An employer, regardless of whether they are a small or large business, must contribute the equivalent of 9.5% of an employee’s salary, from July 2014.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Guarantee (SG).

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...]

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 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...]

Super Tip No 1: Treat your super like overtime

If the idea of superannuation doesn’t excite you, yet, imagine, instead of super, that you were being paid overtime for work outside your normal work hours.And if you expected to be accumulating this money every week, you’d be doing some research on how much overtime your company usually paid, … [Read more...]

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

Q: I have been a member of my super fund from about 1993. I see from your 14 legal ways to withdraw your super benefits article, that I may be able to access my restricted benefit. You write: “If you’ve been a member of a super fund since before 1 July 1999, you can cash your ‘restricted … [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...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners available until 2016/2017 year

NOTE: The Coalition government has extended the Low Income Super Contribution (tax refund on certain super contributions) until the 2016/2017 year. The time extension for this refund was part of a parliamentary deal which secured passage of the repeal of the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. Under the new … [Read more...]

Liberals slow down SG increase until July 2025

Note: Effective from 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the 2013/2014 year). Due to recent changes in the law, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% until June 2021, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025. See … [Read more...]

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

NOTE: The Low Income Super Contribution for low-income earners is available until the 2016/2017 financial year (until 30 June 2017). Originally, the Coalition government planned to repeal the LISC after one year of operation, that is, it was expected to only apply for the 2012/2013 year. Due to … [Read more...]

Why a $11,000 contributions cap is a silly idea

The federal government, various think tanks and business groups are obsessed with superannuation tax concessions and the need to fix the budget by cutting those super tax concessions. While the tax tango continues, we also need the government and the super industry to become obsessed with the bigger … [Read more...]