May 15 2024
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Super changes set to boost your retirement from July 2024

As we approach a new financial year, it's a good time to get on top of significant changes that could affect your superannuation contributions and retirement strategies. From super boosts to tax cuts, here’s some key changes from 1 July 2024 you should know.

Employer super contributions on the rise

For most employees, it’s good news for our nest eggs as the Super Guarantee (SG) rate increases from 11% to 11.5%. More mandatory employer super contributions and more money in your super account, compounding over time contributes towards helping you save more for retirement. 

Contribution caps are increasing

For the first time in three years, the government has increased the contribution caps. This is the limit on how much money you can contribute to your super each financial year.

Contribution types 2023-24 cap Expected cap from 1 July 2024
Concessional (pre-tax) contributions $27,500 $30,000
Non-concessional (post-tax) contributions $110,000 $120,000

Positive impact on carry-forward and bring-forward rules

These contribution cap increases don't just raise the ceiling for annual contributions – they also expand the potential for using both the ‘carry-forward’ and ‘bring-forward’ rules.

Here’s a quick summary of the changes from 1 July 2024:

  • Using the carry-forward rule, the concessional contribution cap could go up to maximum of $162,500, if eligible.

  • Using the bring-forward rule, the non-concessional contribution cap could go up to a maximum of $360,000, if eligible.

Note that this doesn't apply to members who have previously activated the bring-forward rule and are still within that period.

How do these contribution cap changes impact retirement strategies?

  • Contributions: Individuals can reassess how much they can contribute into super to maximise tax concessions.

  • Transition to Retirement (TTR): If over age 60, using a TTR pension can help increase your super contributions and can potentially save on tax while boosting your retirement savings. 

    For example, adopting a TTR strategy may allow you to draw a pension from your super while continuing to work, potentially reducing your overall tax bill and funneling more into your super.

Preservation age will now be 60 for everyone

From 1 July 2024, the preservation age to access your super will become 60 for everyone.

An added bonus: Tax cuts

The positive news extends beyond superannuation. From 1 July 2024, the government aims to simplify the tax system and provide relief to taxpayers (especially those who are low and middle-income earners) by lowering the tax withheld from their take-home pay each week. Take a look at the table below for the new rates:

2023-24   2024-25  
Thresholds ($) Rates (%) Thresholds ($) Rates (%)
0 – 18,200 Tax free 0 – 18,200 Tax free
18,201 – 45,000 19 18,201 – 45,000 16
45,001 – 120,000 32.5 45,001 – 135,000 30
120,001 – 180,000 37 135,001 – 190,000 37
Over 180,000 45 Over 190,000 45

"The positive impacts of these superannuation changes offer our members a great opportunity to maximise their retirement savings, particularly by taking advantage of increased contribution caps. Coupled with good simple financial advice, which is offered to Rest members at no additional cost, these changes can really impact a member’s retirement outcome”.

~ Greg Fleming, Head of Advice Delivery

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