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Superannuation guarantee contributions


Superannuation guarantee contributions from your employer can help build your retirement nest egg.

How does it work?

From 1 July 2023, employers are generally required to contribute 11% of their employees’ ordinary time earnings into super. These are known as superannuation guarantee (SG) contributions.

SG contributions are employer contributions. These contributions are generally taxed at up to 15%1 in the fund and count towards your concessional contribution cap.

The SG rate increases by 0.5% each financial year until it reaches 12% from 1 July 2025.

Is SG enough?

SG contributions can grow, along with earnings, to a sizeable sum of money over time. But you may still need more to achieve the lifestyle you want in retirement. To see whether you’re on track to funding your desired lifestyle, use our Retirement forecaster.

Important things to consider

  • SG contributions count, along with certain other amounts, towards your concessional contribution cap and penalties may apply if the cap is exceeded.
  • If you want to make additional pre-tax super contributions, consider salary sacrifice or personal deductible contributions.
  • You may also want to make post-tax (or after tax contributions), known as non-concessional contributions to boost your retirement savings. These contributions count towards your non-concessional contribution cap and penalties may apply if the cap is exceeded.
  • Before making any additional contributions to superannuation, ensure you are eligible.
  • You can’t access your super until you meet a condition of release such as reaching your preservation age and retiring.

1 Individuals with income from certain sources above $250,000 in 2023/24 will pay an additional 15% tax on superannuation guarantee and other concessional super contributions within your concessional contribution cap.


What next?

Find out more about Super and retirement rules.


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