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Government super co-contributions

The government’s co-contribution scheme is a great way to give your super a boost. If you’re a low or middle income earner and make personal (after-tax) contributions to your super fund, the government will also make a contribution to your super up to a maximum amount ($500 in 2017-18).
This is called a co-contribution.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for the government super co-contribution if all of the below apply to you.

  • You made one or more eligible personal super contributions to your super account during the financial year
  • Your total income for the financial year is less than the higher income threshold (this is $51,813 in 2017-18)
  • Ten per cent or more of your total income comes from eligible employment-related activities or a business, or a combination of both
  • You were under 71 years old at the end of the financial year
  • You did not have a temporary visa at any time during the financial year (unless you are a New Zealand citizen or it was a prescribed visa)
  • You lodged your tax return for the relevant financial year
  • You have not exceeded your non-concessional contributions cap for the year (for more information, see our Contribution caps page and super tax concessions factsheet).
  • Your total superannuation balance immediately before the start of the financial year is less than $1.6 million.

For more information, see the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) eligibility for the super co-contribution page.

If you're eligible for the co-contribution, try and boost your super as much as you can each year by taking advantage of the scheme. You are only eligible for it once a year, but you are able to receive it each financial year, if you earn under the threshold for that year and make a personal after-tax contribution in that year.

How much will I receive from the government?

How much money you receive as a government co-contribution depends on how much you contribute to your super and how much you earn. The way the co-contribution is calculated depends on the financial year that you made your personal super contributions in. The minimum co-contribution payment is $20.

To work out how much you could receive, use the ATO’s super co-contribution calculator.

What do I need to do?

You don't need to apply for the government super co-contribution. If you're eligible and your super fund has your tax file number (TFN), the government will pay it to your fund account automatically.