Lisa Judge, Active Super Head of Financial Planning
There are some significant changes to super coming into effect on 1 July 2022 that will be of particular interest to part-time employees and those just starting out in their career, as well as to those nearing retirement. Many of the upcoming changes were announced in 2021 but are only just coming into effect from 1 July 2022.
Please note that eligibility criteria apply to all reforms. So visit ato.gov.au to find out more.
Super guarantee increase
The super guarantee (SG) contribution that employers are required to pay into super is going to increase to 10.5 percent of a worker’s ordinary time earnings, up from the current 10 percent. The Government is increasing SG by 0.5 percentage points each year until it hits 12 percent in 2025, which is great news for super balances.
Removal of $450 threshold
The minimum salary threshold for receiving super is being abolished from July, meaning that workers earning less than $450 a month before tax will now be entitled to receive the compulsory SG payment from their employers
This is expected to benefit an estimated 300,000 low-income earners, about 63 percent of whom are believed to be women. It should lead to improved retirement outcomes for women, low-income earners and people doing part-time work.
At this stage, other eligibility requirements to receive the SG will still apply, such as needing to work more than 30 hours per week if you’re under 18.
First Home Super Saver Scheme
Many Australians are not aware of the First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme that can help them save for their first home deposit. From 1 July, the maximum amount of voluntary contributions made to super that can be released under the scheme will increase to $50,000 from $30,000.
Participants must be first-home buyers and have lived in the home for at least six months within 12 months of buying. The scheme can also reduce taxable income. Other eligibility criteria apply. Visit ato.gov.au to find out more.
Downsizer Contribution eligibility
For those ready to downsize the family home, there’s good news about downsizer contributions. This initiative allows those eligible to use the proceeds from the sale of the family home in Australia to boost their super.
The eligibility age for downsizers to top-up their super this way was already set to reduce from 65 to 60 years, but as part of the election promises the age has been lowered even further to 55. This means that some people could retire earlier than previously planned.
Maximum contributions are $300,000 for a single person and $600,000 for a couple, but eligibility criteria and rules apply. For example:
- You must have owned the home for at least 10 years prior to the sale.
- The property being sold must be in Australia and cannot be a mobile home.
- The contribution must be made within 90 days of receiving the money from the sale.
- The contribution doesn’t count towards the non-concessional cap.
Work test scrapped for under 75s
Now we’re living and working longer, it makes sense for age limits on super contributions to also change. Currently, only people under 67 years old can contribute to super without satisfying a work test (though people aged 67 to 69 can make SG and downsizer contributions without the work test). From 1 July, the upper age limit will increase to allow people under 75 to contribute to super without satisfying a work test.
From July, people will be able to contribute extra savings or even funds received from an inheritance into super. For those who don’t have extra funds to add to super, it may be a way to minimise potential tax to their estate.
It’s important to know that there are caps that apply to contributions and limits to the total amount you have in super and pension phase. Individuals may still need to meet the work test to claim a personal super contribution deduction.
The bring-forward rule means that if contributions are made above the annual non-concessional contributions cap, people may be able to gain access to two future year caps automatically, meaning their total after-tax contributions in a single financial year can be up to three times the annual cap. This could potentially allow people to make additional non-concessional contributions without having to pay any extra tax.
Currently, only those under 67 are eligible, but from 1 July, the age cap is being raised to under 75.
For retirees, the existing 50 percent reduction on minimum drawdown rates for account-based pensions and similar products has been extended for a further year until 30 June 2023. The minimum drawdown requirements determine the minimum amount of a pension that a retiree must draw from their superannuation each year.
Talk to a financial planner
Regardless of your age or stage of life, the financial planning team at Active Super can help you make the most of your money and plan for the future. Feel free to contact us on 1300 547 873 or make an appointment to see how we can help you live your best life.^
See and hear the changes explained
If you would like to learn more about these upcoming reforms, you can watch Active Super’s recent webinar that explains the changes to help you make the most of your super. Watch here.
Alternatively, book in for our webinar on 28 July to go on a deep dive with Vincents and Active Super. Register here.
Lisa Judge is the Head of Financial Planning at Active Super, leading a team of advisers across metropolitan and regional NSW. Lisa has over 22 years’ experience in the superannuation industry with 16 years specialising in financial planning. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma and a Masters in Financial Planning, and is a Certified Financial Planner.
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Any advice in this article is general in nature and has been issued by LGSS Pty Limited (ABN 68 078 003 497) (AFSL 383558), as Trustee for Local Government Super (ABN 28 901 371 321)(‘Active Super’). The advice does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on it, you should consider the appropriateness of it having regard to these matters. If you would like advice that takes into account your personal circumstances, please contact a financial adviser.