How to make contributions through your employer

To arrange either before-tax (salary sacrifice) contributions or after-tax contributions to your super through your employer's payroll department, here's what to do.

1. Decide if you want to make a before-tax or after-tax contribution

We recommend you read the information below to help you choose which contribution option is right for you:

2. Work out how much you would like to contribute

Before you complete the form, you need to know how much you’d like to contribute to your super through your pay. You can choose any amount that suits you.

If you’re not sure how much to contribute, try our Contributions calculator.

3. Access the form

First, click the link to access our online Payroll deduction form or download our PDF Payroll deduction form. You will need to print out the PDF form as you cannot type directly into it.

You can use our Payroll deduction form to make either salary sacrifice contributions or after-tax contributions.

Simply follow the instructions in our online form to complete and submit your request online, or keep reading for help with completing the PDF form.

4. Provide your personal details

This image shows the ‘Step 1 - Your details’ section of the Payroll deduction form. In this section, you need to provide your personal details, including your surname, given names, date of birth, and your payroll number if you know it.

These details include your name, date of birth, and your payroll number if you know it. This will make it easier for your payroll department to process your request.

5. Enter the amount you would like to contribute

This image shows the ‘Step 2 – Contribution amount from your pay’ section of the Payroll deduction form. In this section, write the amount you would like to contribute from each pay. You need to enter the dollar amount or percentage of your pay that you would like to contribute in the top boxes for salary sacrifice contributions, or in the bottom boxes for after-tax contributions.

In this section, write the amount you would like to contribute from each pay. You need to enter the dollar amount or percentage of your pay that you would like to contribute in the top boxes for salary sacrifice contributions, or in the bottom boxes for after-tax contributions.

If you’re still not sure how much to contribute, try our Retirement planning calculator.

6. Confirm your super account

This image shows the ‘Step 3 – Nominate your account’ section of the Payroll deduction form. In this section, you need to select the account where you would like your contribution deposited into, either GESB Super or West State Super.

In this step, you need to select GESB Super or West State Super depending on which account you have. If you’re not sure which account you have, check your last member statement, visit the Which super account do you have page or login to Member Online.

If you’re a Gold State Super member and don’t already have a GESB Super or West State Super account, we’ll automatically open a GESB Super account for you.

7. Check that you’re eligible to make contributions

This image shows the ‘Step 4 – Eligibility to contribute’ section of the Payroll deduction form. In this section, you need to confirm that you are eligible to contribute by selecting one of the options that describes your circumstances. The three options include: 1. I am under the age of 65. 2. I am age 65 or over but not age 75, and I worked at least 40 hours in a period of 30 consecutive days in the current financial year. 3. I declare that I am exempt from the work test as I meet the conditions: I am aged between 65-74 years; I have met the work test in the previous financial year; I had a total superannuation balance of less than $300,000 at the end of the previous financial year; and I haven’t previously relied on the work test exemption to make contributions.

Certain rules apply to contributing to your super when you're aged 65 years or over. If you're aged 65 to 74, you must have worked at least 40 hours in a period of 30 consecutive days in the current financial year, or meet all of the criteria for the work test exemption. Once you turn 75, you are no longer eligible to make personal contributions. For more information, please read our Contributing to your super brochure.

8. Read and sign the declaration

This image shows part of the ‘Step 5 - Declaration and signature’ section of the Payroll deduction form. In this section, you need to declare that you: 1. Understand the conditions that apply to contributions to your super account 2. Are currently employed in the WA public sector and; 3. Have received financial advice on your proposed salary packaging arrangements if you have chosen to salary sacrifice more than 50% of your total employment cost to super. You need to then sign and date your completed form.

When you sign the form, you’ll need to acknowledge that you understand the conditions that apply to your super account. All of this information is included in the Contributing to your super brochure.

9. Give the form to your employer’s payroll department

Now that you’ve completed and signed the payroll deduction form, you need to give the form to your payroll department to process.

We can’t process these contributions as they are taken out of your salary before it gets paid to you.

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Page last updated 19 December 2019