Learn more about the different ways you can make contributions into your super,
how to get started and the rules that apply.

Salary sacrifice

Salary sacrifice contributions are made from money that is paid into your super from your salary before tax is deducted. You need to set these kinds of contributions up with your employer.

By taking these contributions from your salary before you are charged PAYG tax, the amount of salary that is left to be taxed is reduced, meaning your taxable income goes down.

Salary sacrifice contributions are taxed at the concessional rate of 15% when they are paid into ElectricSuper, which is probably much lower than your usual rate of tax.

The amount of super that you can pay by salary sacrifice is capped. The current year’s cap is available on the ATO website and is known as a ‘concessional contributions cap’. If you breach the cap, you will pay additional tax. See more about the cap and exceptions to the rule in The Concessional Contribution Cap box below.

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Post-tax contributions

As their name suggests, these contributions are made to your super from money post (or after) tax being deducted. They are generally made from money you have already paid tax on.

There is a limit to the contributions you can make post tax each year. This cap is known as the ‘non-concessional contribution cap’. The current year’s cap is on the ATO website. This annual limit is reviewed each year and can change annually.

A feature of ‘non-concessional contributions’ is that if you are aged 66 or under, you can choose to ‘bring forward’ up to 3 years’ worth of contributions this financial year. See the information about the ‘bring forward’ rule below in The Bring Forward box.

You can choose to make regular post-tax contributions through your payroll or you can make lump sum EFT payments from your bank account.

To set up regular post-tax contributions, complete our quick and easy Vary Contributions form and forward to your payroll team.

To make a lump sum post-tax contribution from your bank, complete our lump sum payment form and send it back to us .

Spouse contributions

You can make contributions to your spouse’s super. Depending on your situation, you could be eligible for a tax offset of up to $540.

If your spouse’s taxable income is under $40,000 a year, you can contribute up to $3,000 into their super and receive a tax offset. This offset is calculated and shown in myTax (within www.my.Gov.au) as “Offset amount”.

Use our spouse contributions form to make a contribution to your spouse’s account.

On top of making a contribution to your spouse’s super, your spouse could also open a Spouse Account with ElectricSuper.

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Downsizer contribution

If you are aged 65 or older (or age 60, if 2021 Federal Budget changes are passed) and sell your home, you may be able to contribute up to $300,000 for an individual ($600,000 for a couple) into super from the proceeds of the sale.

You are only able to make a downsizer contribution once and you must have owned the home for 10 years or more before the sale. The contribution must be made within 90 days of receiving the proceeds of the sale (which is usually settlement date). Other eligibility criteria apply. See the ATO website for further details.

If you want to make a downsizer contribution into your super, you will need to lodge a Downsizer Contribution Into Super form either before or at the time of making your contribution.

The concessional contributions cap

The cap is known as a ‘concessional contribution cap’ and the limit of this cap is reviewed by the Australian Government each year and is often adjusted annually. The amount your employer needs to pay you in regular super is also included in this cap so you need to make sure you have factored in your employer’s contributions (10% in 2021-22 and 10.5% in 2022-23) before you commit to an ongoing salary sacrifice arrangement.

For example, if Jeff’s employer pays him $10,000 in regular superannuation each year, he will only be able to make up to $17,500 of salary sacrifice contributions before he breaches the $27,500 cap.

(2021-22 financial year)

However, another feature of ‘concessional contributions’ is that if your total super balance was less than $500,000 at the end of the last financial year (at last 30 June), you may be allowed to contribute more than the current ‘concessional contribution cap’ by using your unused cap from a previous year. Effectively you could use the amount of ‘concessional contribution cap’ that you didn’t use in the 5 previous years. You can carry forward from the 2019-20 financial year onwards. You can find what the ‘concessional contribution cap’ was in previous years on the ATO website.

For example, if Chris’s super balance was $325,000 at the end of the last financial year and, last year, her employer paid $10,000 in regular superannuation for her and she salary sacrificed $5,000, she could carry forward the amount of last year’s cap that she didn’t use. As last year’s concessional contribution cap was $25,000 and Chris only used $15,000 of this cap ($10,00 from her employer plus $5,000 salary sacrifice), this would mean she could contribute an extra $10,000 this year without breaching this year’s cap. That is, she could contribute $37,500 (= this year’s cap of $27,500 + $10,000 she didn’t use last year).

(2021-22 financial year)

The bring forward rule

A feature of ‘non-concessional contributions’ is that if you are aged 66 or under, you can choose to ‘bring forward’ up to 3 years’ worth of contributions this financial year (and contribute nothing as a non-concessional contribution for the next 2 financial years).

There are some limits on this, though. If your total super balance across all your super accounts is above a certain amount, you may only be able to contribute one or two years’ worth of contributions.

If your super balance is above the super balance cap, you won’t be able to make these types of contributions to your super at all. See the ATO website for more information on non-concessional contributions and on the super balance cap.

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