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 contributions: $1 million opportunity

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Q: I am aged 54. How much can I make in super contributions without attracting penalty tax? Is it $210,000 or $215,000 or some other figure?A: Before I answer your question in detail, for the benefit of other readers I will first explain the figures you quote in your question.The general … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

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Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed?A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

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Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

A key reason Australians leave large funds and choose SMSFs

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Not so long ago, many in the super industry predicted that Australia's love affair with SMSFs would fade, and some commentators announced that the number of SMSFs operating had peaked due to our small population. If I recall, that prediction was made when around 400,000 SMSFs were in existence. … [Read more...]

CSHC income test: What is untaxed superannuation and taxed super?

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Note: This article explains how super benefits are counted towards the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. If you are seeking more detailed information on the CSHC changes announced in the 2014 Budget, or whether you’re eligible for a CHSC, see SuperGuide articles Seniors Health Card (CSHC) changes to … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

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IMPORTANT: The government has indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC, effective from September 2014. The income test thresholds will be now indexed annually from September of each year.WARNING: From 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC will need to include tax-free superannuation … [Read more...]

Retirement: Can Australia afford to support your lifestyle?

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Are you planning to support yourself over a 30-year or even 40-year retirement or do you think Australia can afford to finance your retirement? The superannuation industry and the federal government continues to grapple with this issue, that is, whether Australia will continue to be in a position to … [Read more...]

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...]