AvSuper accepts many different forms of contributions to your super account, including rolling over any old super. Not sure how much you should be contributing? An AvSuper Member Advice Consultant can help you decide on a contribution strategy to suit your situation (and it’s free for members!) Please note that there are Contributions Limits in place that may limit the level of contributions you are able to make without tax penalties.
How to make a contribution
Select any of the following options to contribute to your AvSuper account:
- Deposit your contribution into AvSuper’s bank account, using your member number as the reference, and use this form to tell us the details. Our account details are:
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- Download a personal contributions form and send it to us with a cheque or money order made out to AvSuper
- Request your bank to make regular contributions from your bank account as direct debits, and let us know electronically or via a paper form
- If your employer agrees, you may be able to make arrangements for your contributions to be deducted from your pay and sent to AvSuper with your employer contributions
There are some Government rules applying to super contributions.
- Contribution limits
- Please note that there are Contributions Limits in place that may limit the level of contributions you are able to make without tax penalties.
- Age limits
- You and your employer can make contributions to your super at any time until you reach 65 years of age. Between the ages of 65 and 74, you can only make personal or spouse contributions if you confirm to us that you have met the work test (explained below.) From the age of 75, you cannot make personal or spouse contributions to your super – although employers can continue to make contributions for you.
- Work test
- To satisfy the work test, you need to:
You can grow your super in the following ways…
AvSuper accepts personal member contributions at any time, as direct payments, regular bank deposits or via your employer. If you are eligible, your personal contributions may also attract a Government Co-Contribution (see below for details).
Please refer to our making personal contributions page for further details, including our online form.
You should also be aware that there are Contributions Limits in place that may limit the level of contributions you may make without tax penalties.
Defined Benefit Members
In addition to making contributions to your defined benefit account, you may also make contributions to an accumulation account. Please refer to the guide for Defined Benefit Corporate (full) members for more information.
The Federal Government provides eligible individuals with a superannuation co-contribution to help them save for retirement.
A low income earner super contribution has also been available from the Government since 1 July 2012 but is not part of the co-contribution.
The Government co-contribution
If you are eligible and your total income is $36,021 or less the Government will put $0.50 into your superannuation fund for every $1 in personal member contributions you make.
Only personal contributions up to $1,000 will attract the co-contribution, making $500 the maximum that you can receive from the Government. The amount the Government contributes reduces by 3.333 cents for each dollar by which your total income exceeds $36,021. Therefore, no co-contribution is available where your total income is $51,021 or more.
The co-contribution income thresholds are subject to indexation – the limits for 2017-18 will be published during 2016-17.
The ATO website has a handy calculator to help you work out what your co-contribution might be and how much you would need to contribute to receive this contribution.
To receive the co-contribution for the 2016-17 financial year, you must:
- Have made personal superannuation contributions during the financial year. Super payments from a third party, such as an employer or spouse, and salary sacrifice contributions do not currently count as personal contributions
- Have a total income (assessable income plus reportable fringe benefits and salary sacrifice contributions*) of less than $51,021 for the financial year
- 10% or more of your total income is from eligible employment, running a business or a combination of both
- Not have held an eligible temporary resident visa during the year
- Lodge a tax return for the financial year
- Be less than 71 years of age at the end of the financial year
Making personal contributions
AvSuper accepts personal contributions at any time, both as lump sum payments and as regular bank deposits. Please refer to our contributions page or download the personal contributions form for further details.
*Since 1 July 2009, any salary sacrifice contributions count as part of your income in assessing your eligibility for the co-contribution.
Government low income contributions
The Government has a tax offset to effectively remove the tax on super contributions for low-income earners.
People earning less than $37,000 pa will receive up to $500 in their super account from the Government. .
The payment amount will be 15% of the concessional contributions made to the person’s account, up to a maximum of $500. A minimum of $10 will apply (meaning it will be rounded up to $10 for anyone eligible for less than that).
This payment will be paid after October by the Government directly to your super fund. If eligible for this payment, you do not need to do anything to receive it.
This is separate to the co-contribution so eligibility for one does not influence the other.
If your employer agrees, you may be able to make pre-tax contributions from your salary into your AvSuper account. This is called salary sacrifice and it may provide tax advantages in some circumstances.
You can change the amount you salary sacrifice by informing your employer. Our change of contributions form may help you make such changes.
Salary sacrifice contributions are taxed at 15% when received by AvSuper and are counted as concessional contributions for contribution limit calculations.
The Government co-contribution (outlined above) does not currently apply to salary sacrifice contributions, although these contributions are counted as part of your income for determining co-contribution eligibility.
Your employer is required to comply with current superannuation guarantee legislation which generally requires a minimum 9.5% superannuation contribution. Between 1 July 2013 and June 2023, the minimum rate will gradually increase to 12%.
Some Corporate members covered by certain certified employment agreements may receive a higher level of superannuation contributions.
The ATO is responsible for ensuring employers meet the minimum requirements of the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Act. If you have concerns about an employer not paying the correct SG contributions for you, please refer to your employer. If it remains unpaid, then the ATO may be able to assist you to get your entitlement.
Your employer may ask to see our compliance letter to be sure AvSuper is a complying, resident, regulated superannuation fund.
Defined Benefit Members
Airservices Australia and CASA contributes whatever is required to ensure the Fund has sufficient assets to pay members’ benefits. If investment returns are positive and Fund assets grow, the employer may contribute less. Conversely, if investment returns are negative, your employer may need to contribute more. The actual level of employer contributions is based on annual advice from the Fund’s actuary.
Employees with CSS/PSS Membership
CSS/PSS members receive employer contributions through their membership with the CSS/ PSS respectively.
However, CSS members who are employees of Airservices Australia may also have a 3% award-based employer contribution paid to the defined benefit division of AvSuper.
AvSuper accepts contributions to your account from your spouse (including de facto or same sex partners). Alternatively, you may want to contribute for your spouse – if not already a member, your spouse is welcome to join AvSuper.
Spouse contributions can only be made for people younger than 70 years of age, and a work test also applies if they are over the age of 65. The money will count towards the contributions limit of the person receiving the contribution.
The person making a spouse contribution payment may be able to claim a tax rebate – see www.ato.gov.au for more details.
Contribution splitting gives you the opportunity to transfer some of your concessional super contributions to your spouse’s super account. AvSuper offers contribution splitting to all members under the Government rules as outlined in our splitting fact sheet.
You can request a split after 1 July for the previous financial year by sending us a completed contributions splitting application.