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Federal Budget and superannuation

Each May, the federal government releases the Federal Budget. The federal government reveals how it is going to spend taxpayer’s money over the following 12 months, and whether it will have any money left over. The federal government also uses the Federal Budget to make significant policy announcements about superannuation.

The 2016 Federal Budget (also known as the 2016/2017 Budget) was announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. For a summary of the superannuation changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget see SuperGuide article 2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians.

In addition to articles about super and the 2016 Federal Budget, in this section you can also find summaries and supporting articles on previous years’ Federal Budgets:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Federal Budget and superannuation.

The short story on super contributions limits (2016/2017 year)

You can make two types of superannuation contributions – concessional (before-tax) contributions and non-concessional (after-tax) contributions – and each type of contribution has a separate limit. Concessional contributions Before-tax contributions, such as compulsory Superannuation Guarantee … [Read more...]

Latest retirement deal! Lose Age Pension, receive Seniors Health Card

The stricter Age Pension assets test has now become law, although the changes won’t take effect until January 2017. The federal government predicts that more than 300,000 Australians will be worse off under the harsher assets test starting from 1 January 2017, with nearly 100,000 Australians losing … [Read more...]

Temporary concessional contributions cap for over-50s, ends 30 June 2017

In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s, which was then expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014. The over-50s cap of $35,000 will no longer apply beyond the 2016/2017 year (subject to legislation).A concessional … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s

Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2016, or could you turn 50 any time in the 2016/2017 year to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, we will first explain the background to the over-50s cap.On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps to be slashed from July 2017

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition government announced it intends to scrap the over-50s concessional (before-tax) contributions cap of $35,000 and replace it with a $25,000 cap, and reduce the general concessional contributions cap (for under-50s) to $25,000, from its … [Read more...]

Superannuation changes: What rules apply for the 2016/2017 year?

Although the newly elected Coalition government has announced significant amendments to Australia’s superannuation rules, many of the big-ticket super policies are not changing, and now, none of the proposed changes will apply for the 2016/2017 year.Apart from the proposed $500,000 lifetime … [Read more...]

New $100,000 cap: Cut to non-concessional contributions cap

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Budget update: Superannuation changes likely to become law

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing significant adjustments to proposed new superannuation policies. The change of heart on some super policies was as a direct result of … [Read more...]

Your 2016/2017 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual $100,000 … [Read more...]

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

Note: This article explains how superannuation pension benefits are counted towards the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. If you are seeking more detailed information on the CSHC, including whether you’re eligible for a CHSC, see SuperGuide articles Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

IMPORTANT: Effective since 20 September 2016, the government again indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC (see this article for latest thresholds). The next indexation of the CSHC income thresholds takes place on 20 September 2017. Note that since 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC … [Read more...]

More retirees eligible for Seniors Health Card (CSHC), but harsher income test

Taking effecting from 20 September 2016, the income test thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) have increased again, in line with the federal government’s promise to index the thresholds annually.CSHC income thresholds are now indexed annually in line with CPI (inflation). … [Read more...]