Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Rate Increases

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Rate Increases

The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate, as currently legislated, will increase from 9.5% to 10%, with effect from 1 July 2021.

Further increases of 0.5% per year are to come from 1 July 2022 until it reaches 12% from 1 July 2025 onwards.

From 1 July 2021, employers will need to update their payroll settings to reflect the 0.5% increase in the SG rate. More importantly, both employers and employees will need to consider the potential increased SG costs of these changes going forward.

Our client guide (see link below) covers the financial impact on employers and employees and appropriate action required to be taken in response to the changes.

PA Client Alert June 2021 – Superannuation Guarantee (SG) Rate Increases

How can we help?

If you have any questions or would like further assistance regarding this update, talk to us today on 02 9415 1511 or send an email to your advisor at PrimeAdvisory.

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Discover the TAL Health Sense offering

Discover the TAL Health Sense offering

TAL Health Sense – who is eligible?

TAL insurance offers a product called Health Sense which provides their clients who are within a healthy BMI range (19 – 28), with discounts of up to 15% on Life, Trauma and/or TPD insurance. The discount is automatically applied to policies at application stage. However, the discounts do not stop there.

TAL Health Sense Plus – Additional discounting offer

TAL are now offering Health Sense Plus to existing client with that hold the Health Sense product. This allows those with a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) to apply a 5% premium discount on Life, Critical Illness and TPD Insurance premiums for up to two years.  Revalidation is required every two years to retain the discounting.

What criteria is required?

To apply for the discount, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be within the BMI range of 19 – 28.
  • Be below age 62.
  • You must not have claimed under any policies that you hold with TAL.
  • Complete a preventative screening with your GP.

How do you apply?

You will need to arrange the following:

  • Complete a preventative screening with your GP. It is best to be advised by your GP as to which test is appropriate.
  • Obtain an invoice, referral letter or other confirmation of a preventative test from your GP. This is required as evidence.
  • Complete the link provided to you over email at your two-year anniversary confirming that you BMI is within the healthy range and upload the evidence of your screening.

For further information on this offering, please reach out to our personal insurance specialist Luke Smith at MBS Insurance on either or 0452 515 739.

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Insurance Premium Increases

Insurance Premium Increases

Income protection (IP) policy holders are already seeing increases of up to 100% on their premiums this year and a majority seeing increases above 20%. This is not the case with all insurers. Policy changes are imminent, an immediate review of your policies is necessary. Read more – Insurance Premium Increases May 2021.

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Federal Budget 2021-22

Federal Budget 2021-22

The 2021-22 Federal Budget is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn), an impending election, and the need to invest in the long term.

It is also a human budget, with $17.7 billion dedicated to aged care, more money in the pockets of low-income earners, the COVID vaccine rollout, $2 billion for mental health, a women’s economic package including a childcare subsidy increase and funding to prevent violence, and a Royal Commission into defence and veteran suicide.

Access your downloadable guide here PrimeAdvisory Federal Budget Update 2021-22.

We note that this year’s budget did not include as many tax and investment initiatives. However, the key points are:

For You & Your Family

  • Low and middle income tax offset extended
  • Medicare levy low income threshold
  • $250 self-education expense reduction removed

Your Superannuation

  • Work test repealed for voluntary superannuation contributions
  • Expanded access to ‘downsizer’ contributions from sale of family home
  • SMSF residency tests relaxed

Business & Employers

  • Temporary full expensing extension
  • Temporary loss-carry back extension
  • Employee share scheme simplification
  • $450 per month threshold for super guarantee eligibility removed
  • Tax residency rules for trusts and limited partnerships
  • New avenue for small business to ‘pause’ ATO debt recovery

We’ll keep you up to date as the detail of these measures comes to hand. Happy reading!

Get in touch
The team at PrimeAdvisory are available to assist you to capitalise on any of the Budget measures or minimise your risk.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9415 1511.


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Changes to superannuation contribution caps and limits

Changes to superannuation contribution caps and limits

The Government has announced some very important changes to super and how Australians can save for their retirement.

In our February 2021 Newsletter, we discussed the general transfer balance cap (TBC) – the limit on the amount you can transfer into the tax-free retirement phase in super – is increasing from $1.6 million to $1.7 million on July 1.

From July 2021, concessional contributions will increase from the current limit of $25,000 p.a. to $27,500 p.a. and non-concessional contributions will increase from $100,000 p.a. to $110,000 p.a.

Kindly note: The advice contained in this article is of a general nature only. It has been prepared without considering your individual goals and objectives, or financial situation. Before making any decision about your super, please consider your personal circumstances and consult with your senior advisor at PrimeAdvisory.

Concessional (pre-tax) Contributions

From July 1, 2021 the annual concessional contributions cap is being indexed from $25,000 to $27,500.

These are pre-tax super contributions and include an employer’s compulsory award, Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and additional voluntary contributions – including salary-sacrifice – and personal contributions you may make for which you claim a tax deduction.

For people making voluntary pre-tax contributions, the increase in the cap for the 2021-22 financial year onwards will likely mean a bigger deduction and tax saving.

However, please be aware if you are a wage-earner and your employer pays the super fund’s administration fees and/or insurance premiums on your behalf, these amounts also count towards your cap.

The SG rate is legislated to increase from 9.5 per cent to 10 per cent from July 1, but there is considerable lobbying in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis to delay this increase once again. So, if you are wage-earning, the opportunity to make increased voluntary concessional contributions from July 1 will be partly absorbed by the increase in your employer’s SG contributions, provided the government does not postpone it.

If you want to use the catch-up rule this financial year – that is, you intend making additional contributions by utilising unused cap amounts from previous years – then you can only do it where you did not utilise the full $25,000 cap in 2018-19 and/or 2019-20, and your total superannuation balance – the total of everything you have in the super system – on June 30, 2020, was less than $500,000. The opportunity arises from unused cap amounts from previous years and until July 1 this year, the concessional contribution cap is $25,000 a year. The higher $27,500 cap does not come into play until the 2021-22 financial year.

If you wish to use the “contribution reserving strategy” in June this year to claim a larger tax deduction in 2020-21, then be mindful that the maximum deduction may be $52,500 (up from $50,000) with the second contribution now being up to $27,500 because it is being tested against the cap in 2021-22 – and do not forget to allocate this contribution by July 28.

Non-Concessional (after-tax) Contributions

From July 1, personal after-tax contributions are on the rise too.

The non-concessional contributions annual cap – currently $100,000 – is four times the concessional contribution cap. Accordingly, with the concessional cap increasing to $27,500, the non-concessional cap will increase to $110,000.

Your total superannuation balance (TSB) determines your eligibility to make non-concessional contributions and relates to the general TBC.

With the TBC increasing to $1.7 million from July 1, it means that if your TSB on June 30, 2021 is less than $1.7 million you may be able to make non-concessional contributions of at least $110,000 next financial year (i.e., in 2021-22). Without indexation of the TBC, you would have been unable to contribute if you had between $1.6 million and $1.7 million in super.

Your TSB also determines your entitlement to use the non-concessional bring-forward rule to get more into super. There are some complicated calculations to understand your bring forward rule, particularly if your individual balance is more than $1.48m as at 30 June 2021.

Salary-Sacrifice and Personal Contribution Rules

Your eligibility to contribute to super is reliant on your age. Anyone under 67 may contribute, but if you are 67-74, you must meet the work test (40 hours of gainful employment in 30 days) or work test exemption to contribute.

The work test exemption may be used to contribute to super – provided you have not used it before – where you had no more than $300,000 in super at the previous June 30 and you met the work test in the last financial year.

You cannot contribute after 28 days after the end of the month in which you turn 75. Only employer-mandated award and SG contributions can be made.

While the age to make super contributions without meeting the work test or work test exemption has been extended to people aged 65 and 66, the extension of the non-concessional contribution bring-forward rule for people in this age group has not – yet.

Note that the age restriction, work test and TSB test do not apply to downsizer contributions.

The long-awaited indexation of the contribution caps and the transfer balance cap is a much-needed relief for the superannuation system. It was wished that it would have occurred last year – but it did not. So, it is wonderful news it is finally happening this year.

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