Consolidate and take control
Tracking down and consolidating your super accounts into one super fund could save you on paying multiple fees. This means more of your hard-earned savings stay working for you in your super account. Having one account also makes your balance easier to manage, by keeping all your funds in one place1.
You can track down your other super accounts and combine them into your AustralianSuper account in minutes.
Sacrifice some of your salary
When you make extra contributions to your super through salary sacrifice, you’re adding to your super before the deduction of income tax. With the super tax rate at 15% (depending on your earnings), it can be more effective to add some of your before-tax salary to your super balance. This means you could pay less tax as well as reduce your taxable income2.
Make after-tax contributions
You can also contribute to your super from money that you’ve already paid tax on (such as your after-tax salary, or an inheritance)2. This could mean that you may be eligible to receive a government co-contribution, depending on your total income.
Making spouse contributions
Adding to your partner’s super can help to grow their balance, while also allowing you to save on income tax2.
Subject to eligibility criteria, you can also roll over a portion of your annual before-tax contributions each year. This is known as ‘contribution splitting.’ It allows you to split up to 85% of your pre-tax contributions with your spouse. These can include employer contributions and salary sacrifice. Plus, you can also split any personal contributions that you have claimed a tax-deduction for. Bear in mind, the contributions that you make to their account count toward your contribution cap3.
You can also make ‘after-tax contributions’ to your spouse’s super, if eligible2. This means you could receive a potential tax offset of up to 18% for contributions of up to $3,000.
By making after-tax contributions and falling into the right total income range, you could get some extra help with your balance. If eligible, you could receive government co-contributions, paid to your super account2. The co-contribution is tax free and isn’t taxed when it’s deposited into, or withdrawn, from your super account. It can be worth up to $500 pa.