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Downsizer contributions by members aged 65 and over

Section: 2.12

From 1 July 2018, members aged 65 and over may be able to make contributions of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home.

The downsizer contributions are not included under the non-concessional contributions and will not affect their contributions cap.  The downsizer contributions can still be made even if their total super balance is greater than $1.6 million.

Note: The proceeds of downsizing into superannuation measure was one of several announcement in the 2017-18 Budge as part of the government's package of reforms to reduce pressure on housing affordability.

The sale of any dwelling in Australia (other than a caravan, houseboat or mobile home) can qualify the member to make a contributions, provided the dwelling has been owned for at least 10 years.

Both members of a couple will be entitled to take advantage of the measure which is designed to reduce barriers to downsizing for older people.

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Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2020