How to make your first spouse contribution
Making a contribution to your spouse’s super is a great way to build your shared retirement savings.
There is no minimum contribution you need to make. If your spouse doesn’t already have an account with us, we will automatically open a GESB Super account for them.
Below you’ll find the steps you need to take to make your first spouse contribution. If you have made a spouse contribution before, you can make another one by completing the Additional spouse contributions form.
- Time it takes
Approximately 20 minutes to complete the form
- Hardest thing
Organising a money order if you don’t have cheques
No set up fee
You'll grow your combined retirement savings.
What you’ll need
- Printed form to complete
- Signatures from both partners on the form
- Cheque or money order made payable to GESB, for the amount you want to contribute
- Call us on 13 43 72
1. Learn about spouse contributions
We recommend you read the information below to check that making spouse contributions is the right option for you:
2. Download the form
First, click this link to download a Spouse contributions brochure. You will need to print out the form on pages 3 and 4 as you can’t type directly into the form.
The form has five steps.
3. Provide your personal details
If you are making the contribution, you are the contributing spouse. If the contribution is made on your behalf, you are the receiving spouse.
These details include your name, date of birth, email address and daytime phone number.
Start with your own details, then provide your spouse’s details. If your spouse already has an account with us, please include their member number. If they don’t have an account yet, we’ll automatically open a GESB Super account for them.
You’ll notice that we ask for more contact details about your spouse, as these details relate to the account the money goes into.
4. Enter the amount you would like to contribute
Write the amount you would like to contribute to your spouse’s account. You can only make this contribution by cheque or money order which must be submitted with the form as you have to sign an acknowledgement.
This form is for the first contribution only. For any further contributions you’ll only need to complete an Additional spouse contributions form.
5. Check that your spouse can receive contributions
You can only receive contributions to your super when you are under the age of 65 and not working, or, if you are over 65 but under 70, you must have worked at least 40 hours in a period of no more than 30 consecutive days in the current financial year, or if you are exempt from the work test.
6. Read and sign the declaration
When you sign the form, you’ll need to acknowledge that you live permanently together on a bona fide domestic basis as a married couple or de facto partners (including same sex partners) and are both Australian residents.
If you’re making the contribution, you sign first, followed by your spouse.
7. Provide your spouse’s tax file number
A spouse contribution is a personal after-tax contribution, so we can only accept your spouse contribution if you provide their tax file number (TFN).
This section has to be signed by your spouse as it is their TFN you need to include on the form.
8. Use the checklist to make sure you’ve done everything
We’ve provided a checklist to help you check if you have done everything you need to when making this first spouse contribution.
9. Send the form in
Now that you’ve completed and signed the Spouse contributions form, you need to send your completed form and cheque or money order, made payable to GESB, to:
PO Box J 755
Perth WA 6842
Australia Post can take up to six business days to deliver regular mail. Please take this into account when submitting contributions to us, especially when you need to meet a processing deadline.
Thank you for printing this page. Remember to come back to gesb.wa.gov.au for the latest information as our content is updated regularly. This information is correct as at 17 October 2019.