As a member of the Police Superannuation Scheme (PSS), your contributions (which are equal to 6% of your annual Salary of Office (superable salary)) are deducted from your salary each fortnight by the Police Service and are credited to your PSS personal account.
In addition to the amount financed by your own contributions, a substantial part of most benefits payable from PSS are financed by your employer. Your benefit entitlements include the SANCS Basic Benefit and where applicable Additional Employer Contributions (AEC) which are fully paid by your employer.
Most PSS benefits are based on your length of service. Periods of time when you do not contribute to PSS do not count as service. For example, if you take a period of ordinary leave without pay (LWOP) you must continue paying your personal superannuation contributions into PSS for the first three months, so only the first three months of your leave will count as service for benefit purposes. Any period in excess of three months does not count as service and you cease making contributions.
Your salary for super
Your superable salary is your ordinary annual (base) Salary of Office for your rank and position. It does not include certain specified allowances such as relieving, expense, uniform, and climatic and shift allowances, or an allowance paid in lieu of overtime. An allowance may be included if it is prescribed in the Regulations. Allowances for certain academic qualifications are currently included.
If you cease to receive a superable allowance because of non-disciplinary reasons, any benefit that becomes payable before your salary increases above the previous amount is based on the superable salary amount you were receiving immediately before the reduction.
When is your superable salary reported
Each year, your employer is required to report the superable salary that is being paid to you as at 30 June and 31 December (for basic benefit purposes). For more information, please refer to PSS Fact Sheet 2: Contributions and superable salary.