Federal Budget 2018: One-year exemption from the super work test

Recent retirees will be allowed to boost their superannuation balances.

Federal Budget 2018: One-year exemption from work test

The Government will provide a one-year exemption from the work test for super contributions to allow recent retirees to boost their balances.

Currently, people aged 65 to 74 must work a minimum of 40 hours in any 30-day period in a financial year in order to keep making contributions to superannuation. This is known as the work test.

From 1 July 2019, Australians aged 65 to 74 with a total superannuation balance below $300,000 will be able to make voluntary contributions for 12 months from the end of the financial year in which they last met the work test.

Total superannuation balances will be assessed for eligibility at the start of the financial year following the year in which they last met the work test.

Once eligible, there is no requirement for individuals to remain under the $300,000 balance cap for the duration of the 12-month period.

Existing annual concessional and non-concessional caps ($25,000 and $100,000 respectively) will continue to apply to contributions made under the work test exemption.

Individuals will also be able to access unused concessional cap space to contribute more than $25,000 under existing concessional cap carry-forward rules during the 12 months.

As bring-forward arrangements for non-concessional contributions are not available to those aged 65 and over, individuals will not be able to access bring-forward non-concessional contributions under the work test exemption.

The work test exemption aims to give older Australians additional flexibility to contribute more into superannuation as they move into retirement.

Can you see value in the relaxation of the super work test? Will this help boost your super balance?



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    9th May 2018
    Where, exactly, are these non-working over 65's supposed to find money to contribute to their superfund? And why would they want to? I really can't see any point to this, but it appears to be yet another indication that the government is intent on ripping off retirees, forcing them to work more and put more money into super and even borrow against their houses rather than expect any decent support from the tax coffers they contributed to their whole lives on the promise that they would be supported in old age.

    Yes, we are being fattened for the kill. Continue to urge us to save, and then steal it all back! Even offering loans at exorbitant interest rates, taking unfair advantage of retirees who have reduced options for borrowing due to no longer having steady incomes!
    East of Toowoomba
    9th May 2018

    They might want to sell an investment house or receive an inheritance and put the money into their Super to earn better interest than they'd get in a bank term deposit. That would be of interest to me, at least.
    Old Geezer
    9th May 2018
    The new tax changes actually make super less attractive for self funded retirees. Unless you have a lot of money out side super then it is becoming les and less attractive to have super after you retire. Labor's franking credit non refund proposal will make it very unattractive to have super for most people who have retired. They are simply better off investing it in their own names as they will be financially better off.
    Old Geezer
    9th May 2018
    $300,000 is way too low in this day and age.
    9th May 2018
    Why the age discrimination against those aged over 74 who may have worked past age 70, I know of one lady who retired in this financial year at the age of 74 who will have only a few weeks after 1July 2018 till she turns 75. Would it not be better, and more fair, to change the eligibility to a set period after retirement, say 2 or 5 years. This is an example of government hypocrisy, encouraging us to work longer then penalising those who do.
    9th May 2018
    It’s a good idea. If you retire you might have long service leave etc, you want to contribute to what is still a low tax environment with reasonable rates of return. I think it was a shame they repealed a proposal for anyone aged 65 to 74 to contribute after tax dollars to super.

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