Working in retirement

'Working in retirement' covers the different scenarios that prospective Australian retirees may face when considering retirement.

An increasing number of retirees are combining part-time work and taking a superannuation pension, and possibly also receiving a part Age pension. Retirement is a fluid concept that may or may not involve ceasing full-time work.


If you're under the age of 65 and wanting to access super benefits, then 'retirement' generally involves ceasing full-time employment and making a retirement declaration, unless you intend to start a transition-to-retirement pension or you have unrestricted non-preserved super benefits. If you're under 65 and you decide to retire, then you can still return to work if your circumstances change, or you genuinely change your mind. If you're under the age of 65, then you can make super contributions whether you're fully retired, working part-time or working full-time.

If you're aged 65 or over, then you don't have to retire to access your super benefits (in nearly all cases). If you're aged 65 or over, then you must satisfy a work test if you wish to contribute to a super fund.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Working in retirement.

Turning 55: Taking super, tax and timing

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Q: If at 55, I take up to $185,000 out of my super as a lump sum tax free, when I turn 60 will I be able to draw down as a lump sum the rest of my superannuation without having to pay tax as well? A: For an individual to access preserved super benefits they must satisfy a condition of release, … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

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Q: I am earning a salary of $270,000 including super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be … [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...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2014/2015 year)

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Note: The co-contribution rules for the 2014/2015 year (and for the earlier 2013/2014 and 2012/2013 years) are very different from the co-contribution rules applicable for the 2011/2012 year. For your reference and convenience, we have retained the co-contribution rules for these previous years, at … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: What form do I use to claim a tax deduction?

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Q: I want to make a tax-deductible super contribution to my SMSF. I am trying to find the official form for claiming this type of deduction. Could you lead me to a link where I could find a generic S290-170 notice of intent to deduct? A: You can download the ‘Notice of intent to claim or vary a … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 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 2014/2015 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...]

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...]

Why women have to save more super

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When we first launched SuperGuide nearly 6 years ago, I wrote an article explaining why tax-free super in retirement is a non-issue for most women. The reason for making this statement, and which remains valid 6 years later, was that women, on average, have such low super account balances that the … [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...]