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.

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

These details include your name, date of birth, email address and daytime phone number.

Making your first spouse contribution form - your details

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.

Making your first spouse contribution form - your spouse's details

Making your first spouse contribution form - your spouse's contact details

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

Making your first spouse contribution form - initial contribution

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

Making your first spouse contribution form - eligibility

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.

6. Read and sign the declaration

Making your first spouse contribution form - 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

Making your first spouse contribution form - tax file number

Making your first spouse contribution form - tax file number continued

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

Making your first spouse contribution form - checklist

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:

GESB
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.

Page last updated 20 March 2019