Opting out of KiwiSaver

If you're a new employee who's been automatically enrolled, you can choose to opt out of KiwiSaver. If you don't opt out, you'll remain a KiwiSaver member and deductions will continue to be made from your pay.

Who can opt out?

If you ... then you ...
chose to join KiwiSaver can't opt out - but you may be able to take a contributions holiday.
have been automatically enrolled can opt out.
are less than 19 years old may be able to opt out

When you can opt out

You're automatically enrolled in KiwiSaver

You can't opt out until you've been in your job for 2 weeks

2weeks

You can opt out any time during this period

8weeks

You can't opt out. You can apply for a late opt out, or an early contributions holiday.

How you opt out

Complete a  New employee opt-out request form (KS10) and give it to your employer or Inland Revenue.

If you're under 19

If you were incorrectly enrolled before you turned 18, you may be able to opt out before you turn 19. 

If you're under 18 you may have been incorrectly enrolled in KiwiSaver if you joined through an employer and were enrolled automatically or you opted in. You may have also been incorrectly enrolled if you enrolled with a KiwiSaver scheme provider, but didn't have consent from your legal guardian(s).

Find out what's required to enrol in KiwiSaver before you turn 18

You may not be able to opt out if you've done something that shows you wanted to be a KiwiSaver member. This could be:

  • you've contacted your provider and chosen your own investment scheme
  • your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have contacted your provider and given consent for you to be in KiwiSaver, or
  • you opted in directly with a provider after you turned 18.

In these cases you may not be able to opt out even if you're not yet 19. 

Send a completed New employee opt-out request form (KS10) to Inland Revenue with your reason for opting out.  If you're under 16 you'll also need consent from a parent or other legal guardian to opt out. 

After you opt out

  • Inland Revenue will notify your employer.
  • Your employer will stop:
    • deducting KiwiSaver contributions from your pay
    • making employer contributions.
  • Inland Revenue will refund to:
    • you any contributions already deducted from your pay
    • your employer any employer contributions.
  • Your employer may refund to you any contributions already deducted from your pay but not yet forwarded to Inland Revenue.

How long do contribution refunds from Inland Revenue take?

Refunding your contributions could take some time after they've been deducted from your pay. This is because even if you're paid weekly or fortnightly, employers file their payroll information with Inland Revenue monthly. It then takes time to process the information.

Generally speaking, it takes 30 working days to process a refund. 

Late opt outs

If events outside your control mean you can't complete the opt out request within 8 weeks (56 days) of starting your new job, you can apply for a late opt out.

Who can opt out late?

Inland Revenue may accept late opt outs for up to 3 months after receiving your first contribution if:

  • your employer didn't supply you with a KiwiSaver employee information pack (KS3) within 7 days of you starting your job
  • Inland Revenue didn't send you an investment statement for the default KiwiSaver scheme that you were allocated to
  • your employer didn't give you an investment statement for their chosen KiwiSaver scheme
  • events outside your control prevented you from delivering your opt-out notice on time
  • you were automatically enrolled when you shouldn't have been.

How to opt out late

You can do it online by sending a completed Opt-out request form (KS10) to Inland Revenue, including your reason for opting out late.

Getting your late opt-out refund

It can take up to 3 months to send your refund to you, as we may have to get your contributions back from your KiwiSaver provider.