Member Education Factsheet

Contribution Splitting

November 2020

Contribution splitting gives you the opportunity to transfer some of your superannuation contributions to your spouse’s super account. AvSuper offers contribution splitting to all members under the Government rules as outlined below.


Q Who is a spouse for splitting purposes?

A Any person who, although not necessarily legally married to the member, lives with the member on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple. Couples in a de facto relationship, including same-sex couples, are recognised as spouses under family and superannuation law.

Q Does my spouse need a super account?

A Yes, your spouse must be a member of a complying super fund, like AvSuper, before we can transfer your split contribution. We will need identification before we can transfer your money to another fund.

Q How much of my contributions can I transfer to my spouse’s account?

A You can transfer up to the lesser of:

  • 85% of your concessional (employer or salary sacrifice) contributions made to your accumulation account in the previous financial year; or
  • Your concessional contribution limit

Q What contributions can’t I split?

A You can’t split any contributions that are:

  • non-concessional (after tax) contributions
  • Government co-contributions
  • contributions made before last financial year
  • Employment Termination Payments
  • contributions made to a defined benefit fund
  • benefits rolled over from another superannuation fund even if the rollover occurred in the last financial year

Q Are there any situations where I can’t split contributions with my spouse?

A Yes. You can’t split contributions with a spouse who would be able to immediately access those contributions.

For example, you can’t split contributions with a spouse who is over their preservation age (currently 57 – 59 depending on when you were born) and permanently retired from the workforce.

Q How does my spouse open an AvSuper account?

A Your spouse can join AvSuper at any time with an initial contribution of $1,200, which may be met by the amount being split.

Full details of AvSuper membership are in our Public Offer Product Disclosure Statement in the resources area of our website.

An account only takes a few days to set up once an application is received.

Q If I split contributions with my spouse, whose contribution limits do the contributions count against?

A Yours, as you made the original contributions.

Q Who owns the split contribution?

A Once you have split a contribution, the split amount belongs to your spouse and is subject to general preservation rules.

Q Can I split the contributions that I have made to my defined benefit account?

A No, you can only split contributions that you have made to an accumulation account.

Q Can I salary sacrifice directly into my spouse’s super?

A No. You can only directly contribute to a spouse account with after-tax dollars.

Q When can I request a split?

A The earliest you can request a split is 1 July each year. For example, the earliest you can request a split of the contributions made in the 2020-21 financial year is 1 July 2021.

Q How do I request a split?

A Download the Contributions Splitting Application from our website or call 1300 128 751 for a copy. The completed form should then be sent to:

  • AvSuper Admin, PO Box 1140, Wollongong DC, NSW 2500.

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This information is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal objectives, situation or needs. Before making a decision about AvSuper, consider your requirements, our Financial Services Guide, our privacy notice  and the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). For a copy call us or download one from AvSuper Pty Ltd (ABN 46 050 431 797, AFSL 239078) is the Trustee of the is the Trustee of the AvSuper Fund (ABN 84 421 446 069). 0200.11 11.2020

Phone 1300 128 751 (Local call)