Superannuation is a way of saving for your retirement.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your super – whether you’re new to the idea, or even new to Australia
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For most employees – under the Government’s Superannuation Guarantee (SG) legislation – a percentage of your earnings (currently 9.5%) is paid by your employer into a super fund for you.
Here's how it works:
It’s a smarter way to save
The tax benefits of super can make it a great way to save for your retirement.
SG contributions are taxed by the Government at 15%, which is generally less than your marginal tax rate. If you are a high income earner (more than $250,000 a year) your contributions will be taxed at 30%*.
You can always boost your super in other ways. You can sacrifice some of your salary (a before-tax arrangement with your employer to pay more than the SG contributions into your super), or make personal, after-tax contributions.
*15% tax is deducted by your super fund and the ATO will issue an assessment to you for the additional 15%.