On 13 December 2017, the Government’s downsizing proposal was passed as law meaning that older Australians may be able to boost their retirement savings if they sell the family home.
The downsizing measure
From 1 July 2018, if you are over 65 years, you may be able to contribute up to $300,000 from the sale of your primary home to your super or income stream account.
This money is not counted towards your contribution limits nor affected by the total super balance test that financial year.
However, it will count towards your total super balance and total income stream transfer balance cap. The amount is included with any super balances for age pension calculations and is not tax deductible.
There is no requirement to by a smaller home, or any home for that matter, for this measure to apply, and it applies to an individual so a couple may be entitled to contribute $600,000 in total.
Eligibility is strictly set and there are timeframes for making the contributions. Amongst other criteria, money must come from the proceeds of your primary home (not a caravan or houseboat) that you and/or your spouse have owned for at least 10 years. The maximum you can contribute is the proceeds of a single sale, even if that amount is less than the $300,000 limit.
Please contact our Member Advice Team if you are considering selling your home so we can discuss if the downsizing measure suits your circumstances.
AvSuper wishes all members and employers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2018.
While we will be closing the office over the holiday period, you can leave messages via AvChat, voicemail or email. We will monitor messages and reply to them all when the office reopens in January.
The office will be closed between 10.30 am Thursday 21 December 2017 and 9.00 am Thursday 4 January.
AvSuper is pleased to announce the appointment of Frontier Advisors as the Fund’s primary investment consultant, effective 1 January 2018.
The appointment followed a comprehensive tender review process conducted by KPMG.
Frontier Advisors is Australia’s leading independent asset consultant. They have been successfully advising Australian institutional investors for over two decades. With some of the nation’s leading analysts and advisors in their team, they provide advice to institutional investors who collectively manage more than $265B in assets across the superannuation, charity, public sector and higher education sectors.
We just wanted to let you know that AvSuper has just won the Selecting Super Consumer Choice Award!
For those of you who voted for us, thank you! We appreciate your support and your faith in us.
Some AvSuper Directors and I were present at the Selecting Super awards ceremony to receive the award on your behalf.
I would like to also thank the dedicated AvSuper staff who work so hard to provide high quality, personalised service to our members, which made this result possible.
Michelle Wade CEO