Leave of absence
If you go on a leave of absence, your super contributions will stop when your pay stops. However, you can still get the benefit of some or all of your super contribution entitlements while you’re away. The rules are quite specific in order to comply with UniSaver’s exemption from the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009.
We can accept contributions to cover an approved leave of absence if the:
- rate or frequency of your contributions does not exceed the rate or frequency of the contributions you were making immediately before going on leave, and
- UniSaver’s administrator (Mercer) collects these contributions.
Arranging for your contributions to continue
You can pay the contributions you would have paid during your absence as regular payments while you’re away. You need to arrange this before you go on leave. The amount and frequency of contributions must be the same as you were paying immediately before going on leave. You can’t alter the contribution amount, but you can stop payments at any time.
Check your most recent payslip or talk to your HR/payroll representative or superannuation officer to work out how much you need to pay. Then complete section 5 of the Change of member details form.
Your employer will not make any contributions to UniSaver while you are on a leave of absence.