Super basics

Set yourself up for a comfortable retirement

Superannuation is a long-term savings structure that provides you with an income when you retire. Super lets you grow your money and potentially save on tax. Your employer pays part of your income into your super account. 

Super is part of your pay

For most people, superannuation contributions come from their employer. Your employer pays a percentage of your income into your super account, which is called a Superannuation Guarantee (SG)

The government requires your employer to pay the legislated SG rate for that financial year into your super account on a quarterly basis at a minimum. Your employer might pay the SG on your pay cycle, which could be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. 

Income year

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate

1 July 2022 - 30 June 202310.5%
1 July 2023 - 30 June 202411%
1 July 2024 - 30 June 202511.5%
1 July 2025 - 30 June 202612%


Other contributions

Depending on your situation, you can also receive extra contributions from other sources:

How super works

Most people can choose the super fund for their employer's super contributions. However, some people who are covered by industrial agreements and members of defined benefit funds don't have this choice.

Your super contributions will go into the default MySuper investment option within the super fund unless you nominate a different option. Each super fund has a range of investment options, with different levels of risk and potential investment returns. Each investment option will be made up of one or a combination of asset classes (such as bonds, cash, property, shares). 

When you change jobs

It is important to remember to take your super fund with you when you change jobs. When you join a new company, your employer will provide you with Standard Choice of Super form. With this form, you can provide details of your current super fund so that your new employer can make contributions into it.

REI Super members

If you are a REI Super member and changing jobs, complete this document and hand it to your new employer:

If you don’t choose a super fund

If you commence work from 1 November 2021, your employer will need to request details of a ‘stapled super fund’ from the ATO if you don’t choose a super fund. A stapled super fund is an existing super account which is linked, or ‘stapled’, to an existing individual employee so that it follows them as they change jobs.

This change aims to reduce super account fees by stopping unintended super accounts from being opened every time you start a new job.

If you have one existing eligible super account, this will be notified to your employer as the stapled super fund account for your contributions.