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Work test and contribution measures pass both houses

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Miranda Brownlee
10 February 2022 — 1 minute read

A bill containing a raft of superannuation measures from the budget, including changes to the work test, downsizer contributions and exempt current pension income calculations, has now passed both houses of Parliament.

Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Superannuation Outcomes For Australians and Helping Australian Businesses Invest) Bill 2021, which contains a number of different superannuation measures from the budget, has passed through both houses of Parliament today.

One of the measures in the bill repeals the work test for individuals 67 to 75 years of age for non-concessional contributions and salary sacrificed contributions.

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The bill also amends the ITAA 1997 to allow superannuation trustees to choose their preferred method of calculating exempt current pension income when they have member interests in both accumulation and retirement phases for part, but not all, of the income year.

It also increases the limit on the maximum amount of voluntary contributions that can be made under the First Home Super Saver Scheme from $30,000 to $50,000 and reduces the eligibility age for making downsizer contributions from 65 to 60 years of age.

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar said this would allow more older Australians to “consider downsizing to homes that better meet their needs, increasing the supply of larger homes for young families”.

“From 1 July 2018 to the end of January 2022, 36,800 individuals have contributed $8.9 billion to their superannuation under this measure,” said Mr Sukkar.

The bill also removes the $450 per month income threshold under which employees do not have to be paid the superannuation guarantee by their employer.

“This will remove an outdated structural feature of the superannuation system and in doing so will improve equity in the system,” said Senator Jane Hume. 

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: [email protected]momentummedia.com.au
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