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).

MySuper: 118 super funds now available   Super Guide

Since 1 July 2013, super funds have been able to offer a new superannuation product called MySuper. A MySuper product has a single diversified investment option, a minimum amount of life insurance cover, and standardised disclosure of fees.

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 survival guide   Super Guide

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.

Double contributions tax for high income earners   Super Guide

Anyone earning more than $300,000 (including rental property losses and other items) now pays 30% tax on concessional contributions paid into a super fund, doubling the super tax bill for high-income earners. The regular contributions tax is a flat rate of 15%.

Tax deductible super contributions: Meeting the 10% income test   Super Guide

Q: I work for myself but I also have a part-time job. I have been told that even though I receive SG from my part-time employer, I can also make tax-deductible super contributions. Is that true? And if it is true, how does it work?

Superannuation Guarantee: Many Aussies to miss out on SG increase   Super Guide

You can expect some difficult conversations between employers and employees in coming months as some salaried employees discover that the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) increase of 0.25% (taking the SG rate to 9.5%) will not benefit those employees on fixed remuneration packages.

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements   Super Guide

If you work as an employee, and you satisfy certain minimum requirements, your employer must pay Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions on your behalf, to a super fund.

Super for beginners, part 23: My pay changes every week. Am I paid the right super?   Super Guide

Q: How can I tell if my husband is being paid the correct amount of super into his fund by his employer. He is a truck driver and his wage varies from week to week.

Super for beginners, part 2: My first job   Super Guide

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?

SG now paid for over 70s (since July 2013)   Super Guide

Since 1 July 2013, eligible employees who are 70 years or older have received Superannuation Guarantee (SG) payments from employers. The previous SG rules stopped SG entitlements when an employee turned 70 years of age.

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

Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be for the 2014/2015 year, based on $270,000?