Start a new member

Starting a new member is easy. First, you’ll need to determine which scheme your new employee is eligible for.

Scheme eligibility

CSS, PSS and PSSap membership eligibility falls into the following groups:

  • compulsory PSS membership
  • membership of PSSap and PSS through employer default fund arrangements
  • optional PSSap and PSS membership
  • compulsory and optional membership for CSS reappointed members.

If your new employee has an ADF Super account, they may be eligible to continue contributing to ADF Super. Find out more about contributing to ADF Super and eligibility requirements.

If your new employee has never previously been a member of CSS, PSS, PSSap or ADF Super, they can nominate a fund of choice. If they don’t nominate a fund by their first pay day, you should put them in your default super fund.

Once you’ve determined which scheme your new employee should be in, just complete the online registration process in the employer portal.

My employee is 

In eligible Commonwealth or ACT Government employment

Not in eligible Commonwealth or ACT Government employment


Unsure which one to choose?

If your organisation has never contributed to a CSC scheme on behalf of your employees before, your new employee may be able to choose PSSap under the choice of fund rules. Generally, the person must have been an employer-sponsored PSSap member for a continuous period of at least 12 months to do so. Learn more about employees who are not in eligible employment.

Employer-sponsored members include people that have elected to join, or defaulted to, PSSap as their super fund through eligible employment. ‘Eligible employment’ commonly refers to Australian Government employment, but can include employment with other employers as well. If this sounds like your new employee, learn more about employees who are in eligible employment.

If you believe your new employee is in eligible employment, you’ll need to use the eligibility determiner in our Employer Services Online (ESO) portal.

If you’re still not sure, contact us at any time.

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