One example of a salary sacrifice arrangement is to have some of your salary or wages paid into your super fund instead of to you.
If your employer makes super contributions for you through a salary sacrifice agreement you should be aware how these contributions will affect your super balance.
From 1 January 2020, salary sacrificed super contributions will not:
Salary sacrificed super contributions are classified as employer super contributions, rather than employee contributions. If you make super contributions through a salary sacrifice agreement, these contributions are taxed in the super fund at a maximum rate of 15%. Generally, this tax rate is less than your marginal tax rate.
The sacrificed component of your total salary package is not counted as assessable income for tax purposes. This means that it is not subject to pay as you go (PAYG) withholding tax.
If salary sacrificed super contributions are made to a complying super fund, the sacrificed amount is not considered a fringe benefit.
If you are deciding whether you should salary sacrifice some of your income into your super, or if you are already salary sacrificing, you can get more information or check your entitlements under the Fair Work Act 2009.
Unless there are limitations specified in the terms of your employment, there is no limit to the amount you can salary sacrifice into super. However, you should also consider whether the amount you wish to salary sacrifice: