If you find yourself with a bit of extra cash, putting it into super could be a great option. You’ll benefit from super’s tax-friendly environment and have the flexibility to claim a tax deduction.

Personal contributions, also known as after-tax or non-concessional contributions, are a way of boosting your super with your take-home pay or personal savings.

Whether you’ve just received an inheritance or a pay rise at work, your extra income could work harder for you in the super system, because your investment earnings are treated a bit differently by the tax office.

Of course, super has much tighter rules around when and how you can access your money, and you need to take that into account before making a contribution. 

To put it in perspective, your investment earnings outside of super can be taxed up to 45%, depending on the ownership and type of investment.

Compare this to the 15% maximum tax rate you’ll pay in super investment earnings, and it starts to make sense.

Making a contribution is no different to paying a bill or transferring money – we accept payments by BPAY®, EFT and direct debit, so you can do it in less than a few minutes.

Put more into super now

Login and contribute


Are personal contributions right for you?

Before adding to your super with your own money, consider:        

  • What are your broader financial goals?
  • How much do you realistically need today, and how much can you afford to put away?

If you’re not going to access your super for several decades but you’re looking to buy a house soon, personal contributions may not necessarily be the right option for you.

But bear in mind the earlier in life you start contributing to super, the more it will be worth in years to come. Through the principle of compounding interest, when you start putting money into super is actually more important than how much you deposit.

Consider other ways of boosting your retirement savings, such as optimising your investments with an aggressive long-term strategy, or adding to super through salary sacrifice.

Calculate your retirement income

Create a plan for your retirement

Project your income

How much can I put in?

There is an annual cap on how much you can contribute.

The cap on after-tax (non-concessional) contributions is $110,000 (across all your super funds) per year if you have a total super balance of less than $1.7 million as at 30 June of the previous financial year.

If you are under age 75 and with a total super balance of less than $1.7 million on 30 June of the previous financial year, you can bring forward up to two years of future entitlements. This is equivalent to a cap of up to $330,000 (across all your super funds) over three years.

Amounts over these caps are known as excess after-tax (non-concessional) contributions. If you exceed the cap, additional tax may apply to you.

We can’t accept personal contributions without first receiving your tax file number so please ensure we have this information. You can provide your TFN by logging into your account, or you can contact us.


Claiming a tax deduction for personal contributions

If you’re under 75 you may be entitled to claim a deduction for personal contributions, if eligibility conditions are satisfied. Remember there is a $27,500 annual concessional cap and if you’re aged between 67 and 75 you’ll need to meet the work test or work test exemption before you can claim a tax deduction for a personal contribution.

To claim a tax deduction for your super contributions, complete a Notice of intent to claim a tax deduction for personal contributions form You should do this before you lodge your tax return for that year or before the end of the financial year following the year you made the contribution, whichever comes first.

Once you have acknowledgement from us, we will tax the contribution at 15% as we do with any concessional contribution. You can then claim a tax deduction from the ATO, if eligible.

Tip: If you are intending to transfer or withdraw your benefit, make sure you send us your notice beforehand.


Here are our top tips for setting yourself up for success. 

Ways to pay

The award-winning Aware Super app has been designed by members, for members and is available now. You can use the mobile app to make a one-off contribution or consolidate your super. If you don’t have the app – you can learn more about it and download the app:


This is the quickest and easiest way to make a payment.

You have a unique Customer Reference Number (CRN) depending on the type of contribution you want to make. Please note your CRN changed on 15 August 2016. This means you will need to update your banking records with your new details.

You can find your BPAY biller code and CRN by logging into your account.

Just enter the details into your online or phone banking the same way you would with a utility bill.

Remember, your CRN is a unique number that is different to your membership number. It
helps us identify you and makes sure your money goes into your individual account.

Login now

You can pay by internet or phone banking with the following details:

Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account name: Aware Super 
BSB: 062 000 
Account No: 10226245
To account description: Use your Aware Super member number plus the first six letters of your surname.

You must call us if you are a downsizer, have a capital gains tax exemption or a personal injury contribution. If we receive your funds before the forms are completed it could cause series tax consequences. Please call us on 1300 650 873.

View our post and fax details

Did you know you can easily make monthly personal contributions or spouse contributions by direct debit? See our direct debit request form for more details.

The Raiz app is like a virtual piggybank. Linked to your credit or debit card, the app rounds up the cost of everyday purchases and invests the difference for you. You can then use the money you save to boost your super, by making a personal contribution from the app to your account using BPAY®.

Tell me more about Raiz

Put a little away today,
thank yourself tomorrow

There are many ways you can boost your super and save on tax.

alt text

® "Raiz" is a registered trademark of Raiz Invest Limited. © 2018 Raiz.

Consider your contributions caps, work test and TFN requirements and other conditions that apply to personal contributions

The Raiz website/app is operated by Raiz Invest Australia Limited – Authorised Representative of AFSL 434776. The Raiz Invest Fund is issued in Australia by Instreet Investment Limited (ACN 128 813 016 AFSL 434776) a subsidiary of Raiz Invest Limited and promoted by Raiz Invest Australia Limited (ACN 604 402 815). A Product Disclosure Statement dated 23 April 2018 for this product is available on the Raiz Invest website and App. A person should read and consider the Product Disclosure Statement in deciding whether or not to acquire and continue to hold interests in the product. The risks of investing in this product are fully set out in the Product Disclosure Statement and include the risks that would ordinarily apply to investing.The services referred to on this page are offered and provided by third parties. The Trustee is not responsible for the products or services, views or actions of these organisations. Aware Super does not receive any payments or commissions from these third parties as a result of you using the products and services. You should ensure that you have read, and understand, the terms and conditions which apply to the provision of third party products or services. The Trustee does not accept liability for any loss or damage incurred by any person as a result of using third party products or services. We recommend you consult a licensed or authorised financial adviser if you require financial advice that takes into account your personal circumstances.

Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Related topics