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Non-concessional contributions

The work test

Section: 5.3

5.3 The work test

  • The work test requires a member to be gainfully employed in order to claim a personal tax deduction for contributions to superannuation. To satisfy the work test**, a member must work for at least 40 hours during a consecutive 30-day period in the financial year in which the contributions are made.

When must a member meet the work test?

From the 2022/23 financial year, the work test is abolished for voluntary employer, non-concessional and salary sacrificed superannuation contributions for individuals aged 67 to 74.
However, individuals aged 67 to 74 will still need to meet the work test to be eligible for a tax deduction for personal contributions. These individuals will continue to lodge their notice of intent to claim or vary a personal superannuation contribution deduction with their tax return.

Year Age Work test and work test exemption conditions
From the 2022-23^ financial year 67 to 74 years A member does not need to meet the work test to make non-concessional contributions
From 2020-21 to 2021/22 financial years 67 to 74 years A member did need to meet the work test or satisfy the work test exemption criteria, to make non-concessional contributions
Source: ATO

Definition of gainfully employed

Employed or self-employed for reward in any business, trade, profession, vocation, occupation or employment. The member is remunerated in return for the personal service provided either as salary, business income, bonuses and commissions that are fully documented and declared for tax purposes. This does not include passive investment income such as rental income or dividend income. Furthermore, members who volunteer their services are generally not considered to be gainfully employed as they do not receive remuneration for their services.

^The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Superannuation Outcomes for Australians and Helping Australian Businesses Invest) Bill 2021 passed on 10 February 2022, which removed the work test for those ages 67 to 74, allowing them to make non-concessional contributions.

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Last modified: Wednesday, June 28, 2023