Government Announces Superannuation Changes

Government Announces Superannuation Changes

As you may have heard, yesterday, 15 September 2016, the Government announced some significant changes to the superannuation proposals announced earlier this year on Budget night.

It’s important to be aware that we still don’t have any legislation released on these measures, which is essential in determining how the new measures will truly operate. The Government has indicated that legislation is expected to be introduced into Parliament before the end of 2016.

The following important changes have been announced:

  • The proposed lifetime cap of $500,000 per person for non-concessional contributions will not go ahead.
  • From 1 July 2017, only those with a superannuation account balance below $1.6 million (assessed as at the previous 30 June) will be able to make non concessional contributions.
  • If you are eligible to make non-concessional contributions from 1 July 2017, they will be limited to $100,000 per annum (although the bring forward rules will continue – $300,000 over 3 years).
  • The Government will retain the existing requirement that you must meet a work test to be able to contribute to super between ages 65 and 74 (they had originally proposed to remove this requirement).
  • There are no changes to the proposals around concessional contributions (including lowering the limit to $25,000) other than delaying the “catch-up” opportunity for those with less than $500,000 in super by 12 months to a 1 July 2018 commencement.

If you have any questions about this or want to discuss your superannuation further, please don’t hesitate to contact our office on 07 3354 9020