Super Guide for your 60s

If you are under the age of 65, you can make superannuation contributions whether you are working or not. If you're planning to make non-concessional (after-tax) contributions, special rules apply if you are aged 63 or 64.

If you're in your 60s, milestone ages to consider include 60 (tax-free super), and turning 65 (work test for making contributions, unlimited access to super benefits, pension payment factors).

When you turn 65, the rules for accessing super are relaxed. The rules for making super contributions however, become stricter. If you’re 65-plus, you must satisfy a work test if you want to make super contributions.


When you turn 70, your employer no longer has to make Superannuation Guarantee contributions on your behalf (although this rule is set to change from July 2013).

When you turn 75, you can no longer make super contributions. When taking a pension, different pension payment factors apply depending on your age.

Note that the Age Pension age is currently 65 but gradually increasing to age 67.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 60s.

Super for beginners, part 14: Save tax – Supply TFN to your super fund

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Here’s a tip that can potentially save you thousands of dollars. Check that your super fund has your tax file number. If you joined a super fund before July 2007, or started your current job before July 2007, then your fund may not have your TFN. Effective since 1 July 2007, when you give your … [Read more...]

SMSFs: What is the proportioning rule?

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Q: I have come across a statement which refers to a proportioning rule. Could you please explain to me exactly what the proportioning rule is, who it applies to and when it applies, and how you do the calculations for a SMSF? The short answer is: the proportioning rule is a mechanism to calculate … [Read more...]

I’m retired. Can I make super contributions?

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Q: If I have retired from work and later on inherit a reasonable sum of cash, can I make a non-concessional contribution into my superannuation fund? OR is that only permitted while I am working, regardless of my age? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the meaning of a … [Read more...]

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2014/2015 retirement planning

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Note: This article is current for the 2014/2015 financial year. Near the start of each financial year, SuperGuide publishes an updated super checklist for beginner readers. More advanced checklists will follow in coming months. Use this list as a kick-start for your 2014/2015 super resolutions. … [Read more...]

Super for beginners: 8 steps to super success

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Merely thinking about your super means you’re straddling the first major hurdle that most Australians face when planning (or not) for their retirement and looking into your future. As an employee, you have your employer helping you with your retirement plans by making compulsory super … [Read more...]

Super in 3 steps: You’re probably richer than you think

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If you have more than one super account you’re probably paying more in fees than you need to, and possible having insurance premiums deducted from each of your super accounts. Paying at least double (and triple if you have 2 super accounts) in fees and insurance is not a great retirement planning … [Read more...]

Life insurance: One in five parents will die early, or be too sick to work

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On average, Australians enjoy long lives but the flipside of that equation is that some people die young, and many of those who die young are parents. One in five parents will become too sick or injured to work, or will die before retirement age, according to a disturbing report released during … [Read more...]

Super for beginners: Top 10 must-know facts

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Nearly six years ago, in January 2009, we launched the SuperGuide website, and in March 2009 we published the first monthly SuperGuide newsletter. Since that time we have received thousands of questions, from our millions of visitors, on different aspects of superannuation. We try to represent as … [Read more...]

Life insurance and super: 10 things you should know

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One of the better deals in superannuation has only a slight connection to your life in retirement. Life insurance cover within super funds rarely makes the headlines but for many Australians they are getting cost-effective cover from their super funds. Life insurance is insurance that pays out in … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee increased to 9.5% for 2014/2015 year, then stalls for 7 years

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From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). Based on new laws, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% for 7 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025 (see table below). Superannuation … [Read more...]