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Growing your super


Grow your own way

There are plenty of ways you can add to your super balance today to achieve the retirement lifestyle you want down the road.

Most employers currently contribute 9.5% of your salary into your super account via the compulsory Superannuation Guarantee (SG) payments. However, this might not be enough if you have particular retirement goals in mind. By boosting your balance with voluntary contributions, you may have more money to live the way you want, once you stop working.

There’s a number of ways to add to your super. Before you make any
extra contributions, you should consider your debt levels as well as
current and future financial commitments.

Employer Compulsory Super Guarantee
  • Concessional (i.e. Pre-tax)
  • Employers are required to pay you 9.5% of your income as super contributions
  • Concessional Contribution Cap
Employer Additional Contribution
  • Concessional (i.e. Pre-tax)
  • This is anything that your employer pays you on top of the compulsory amount as part of your salary package
  • Concessional Contribution Cap Applies
Employer Compulsory Super Guarantee
  • Concessional (i.e. Pre-tax)
  • Employers are required to pay you 9.5% of your income as super contributions
  • Concessional Contribution Cap
Member Contribution
  • Non-concessional (Post-Tax)
  • Voluntary contribution to add to your super from your own pocket, and are paid via BPAY
  • Non-Concessional Contribution Cap
Spouse Contribution
  • Non-concessional (Post Tax)
  • Voluntary contributions to add to your spouse’s account to boost their super. These contributions can be paid via BPAY
  • Concessional Contribution Cap Applies
For more information

To find out more about Concessional and Non-Concessional contributions, the ATO or money smart Gov website.3

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The key thing to note — once you add these contributions. you cannot withdraw a single cent. unless you meet a condition of release as specified by the ATO. The information stated above is general in nature and is not tailored to your personal circumstances. We recommend that you speak to your financial adviser to see whether making these contributions is right for YOU.


Non-Concessional Contributions

Non-concessional contributions are made into your super fund from after-tax income. These contributions are not taxed in your super fund.

There are caps on the non-concessional contributions you can make each financial year.

From 1 July 2017, the annual non-concessional (after tax) contribution cap was reduced from $180,000 to $100,000 per year. The cap will be indexed in line with the concessional contributions caps.

If you exceed your non-concessional contributions cap in a financial year, you must lodge a tax return for that year, and you may have to pay extra tax.

Non-Concessional Contributions Caps
Financial Year Non-Concessional Cap Tax on amounts over Cap
2020 – 2021 $100,000 47%
2019 – 2020  $100,000 47%
2018 – 2019  $100,000 47%
2017 – 2018  $100,000 47%
2016 – 2017  $180,000 47% (plus 2% budget repair levy)
2015 – 2016   $180,000  47% (plus 2% budget repair levy)
2014 – 2015   $180,000  47% (plus 2% budget repair levy)
2013 – 2014   $150,000  47%

Types of Non-Concessional Contributions include:
  • Contributions you make, or your employer makes on your behalf, from your after-tax income
  • Excess concessional (before-tax) contributions you have not elected to release from your super fund
  • Contributions your spouse makes to your super fund (unless your spouse makes the contributions because they’re your employer)
  • Contributions over your capital gains tax (CGT) cap amount
  • Personal contributions not claimed as an income tax deduction
  • Retirement benefits you withdraw from your super fund and ‘re-contribute’ to super


What is salary sacrificing
and how does it work?

When you “sacrifice” some of your salary, you make an agreement with your employer to pay it straight into your super account, instead of your bank account. This is an amount on top of your employer’s compulsory Superannuation Guarantee payment (9.5% of your salary).

01You pay less tax

Salary in your super account gets taxed at 15% (if you earn less than $250,000) or 30% (if you earn more than $250,000). However, any salary you take home gets taxed at your usual income rate, which can be as high as 47%.

02You reduce your taxable income

The more salary you put into your super, the smaller your taxable income may be — and that could mean even more savings at tax time.

Setting up salary sacrificing to save more for your retirement might seem like a no-brainer. In addition to considering your debt levels before adding to your super, weigh up the following:

01It’s not as effective for low-income earners

If you earn less than $37,000, you’ll only save a small amount on tax – it’s probably not worth having less in your pocket on payday for a small tax gain.

02It may impact your current benefits

When you salary sacrifice, you change your salary. This means that benefits like holiday loading and overtime might be affected if they’re tied to your salary. To protect your benefits while salary sacrificing, you’ll need to reach an agreement with your employer.

03You can’t claim deductions/tax offsets on sacrificed amounts

You can’t claim deductions/tax offsets on sacrificed amounts

04There’s a $25,000 limit on concessional contributions (including employer contributions).

Any amounts over the $25,000 p.a. limit will be taxed at your marginal tax rate, plus an excess concessional contributions charge. From 1 July 2019 you may be able to carry forward any unused portion of the concessional contributions cap from previous financial years. Eligibility criteria applies, see the Super contributions limit fact sheet for full details.

How to get started

If you’d like to start adding more to your super
through salary sacrificing. then consult with one
of our financial adviser

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