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.

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

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Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years). The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

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Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. This article … [Read more...]

Your 2015/2016 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

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Non-concessional superannuation contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. You may even hear them called ‘undeducted’ contributions. Such super contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2015. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules announced in … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pension: Can I work full-time and what form do I fill in?

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Q: Your website says: “By starting a TRIP, you don’t have to retire to withdraw your super benefits. You can work part-time or full-time or even casually.” But on the TRIP form I have from my super fund it says I have to be permanently retired or be working part time. Which is correct? I can’t see … [Read more...]

Super pensions: Starting a TRIP takes planning

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Quoting author Mark Twain, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”. Humour aside, apparently the term ‘pension’ can trigger a negative reaction for some baby boomers. Many baby boomers don’t even like the relatively inclusive term of ‘seniors’ because this term … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap remains at $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year, and also applies for the 2014/2015 year). The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee remains at 9.5% for 2015/2016 year

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The Superannuation Guarantee rate remains at 9.5% for the 2015/2016 financial year, and stalls at this rate for another 6 years. The Superannuation Guarantee rate first increased to 9.5% from 1 July 2014 (the 2014/2015 year). Based on revised laws, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% for another 6 … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 facts you should know

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I receive a lot of questions from readers seeking information about how the non-concessional (after-tax) rules work; in particular, how the bring-forward rules works. The bring-forward rule works over a 3-year period so it is very important that you keep track of the size and timing of any … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements

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Note: Since 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the 2013/2014 year). The SG rate now remains at 9.5% for another 6 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025. If you work as an employee, and you … [Read more...]