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Age restrictions on contributions

Section: 2.5

2.5 Age restrictions on contributions

The ability of a superannuation fund to accept a member's contribution is linked to a number of factors including:

  • the age of the member at the time of making contributions
  • whether the member meets the work test (if required)
  • tax file number
  • the member's total superannuation balance.
Age restrictions on contributions to superannuation
  • SG contributions
Not applicable Not applicable
  • SG shortfall components
  • award contributions made under an industrial agreement or award
  • payments from the ATO Superannuation Holding Accounts Special Account (SHASA)
From 1 July 2020, other than mandated contributions, a fund can accept the following contributions:
Voluntary employer contributions: The work test applies if aged 67 or over at the time of contribution. A person under age 67 can make personal contributions without restriction2  
  • Salary sacrifice
The maximum age at which the contribution can be made is 751
  • Non-concessional 
  • Personal deductible
  • Small business CGT contributions
  • Spouse contribution
The work test applies if the spouse (for whom the contribution is being made) is aged 67 or over at the time of contribution. From 1 July 2020, contributions can be accepted for a spouse who is aged under 751 (previously the limit was age 70).
  • Downsizer contribution
Work test does not apply. There is no upper age limit. Member must be 653 or older and meet other eligibility criteria. 

Note 1 Contributions can be received 28 days after the end of the month in which the person turns 75.

Note 2 In the 2021 Federal Budget the government announced its intention to remove the work test for those aged 67-74 to allow them to make non-concessional contributions^

Note 3 In the 2021 Federal Budget the government announced its intention to reduce the eligibility age for downsizer super contributions from 65 to 60^

^Not yet law

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Last modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2021