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Total super balance

What is the total superannuation balance (TSB)?

Section: 8.1

8.1. What is the total superannuation balance (TSB)?

The total superannuation balance (TSB) is a way to value a member's superannuation interests in all superannuation funds. It is calculated on 30 June of the previous financial year.

From 30 June 2017, the total superannuation balance is equal to the general transfer balance cap, which is $1.9 million from 1 July 2023.

How is the total superannuation balance calculated?
Adding together:    
  • the accumulation phase value of super interests that are not in the retirement phase
  • the retirement phase value of super interests
  • the amount of each roll-over super benefit not already included in the accumulation phase value or the retirement phase value. This is any rollovers that are in transit between super funds on 30 June.
  • the outstanding limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) amount in an SMSF, or small APRA fund entered into from 1 July 2018, if either:       
  • the LRBA is with an associate of the fund
  • member have satisfied a condition of release with a nil cashing restriction
Then subtracting:
  • any personal injury or structured settlement contributions that have been paid into members' super funds.
  • Further detail can be found by accessing LCR 2016/12 Superannuation reform: Total Superannuation balance 

Total superannuation balance affects other superannuation measures

A member's total superannuation balance is relevant for their eligibility for certain superannuation measures including:

  • Carry-forward of unused concessional contributions
  • Non-concessional contributions eligibility and the bring-forward of non-concessional contributions cap
  • Government co-contribution
  • Spouse contribution tax offset
  • Segregated asset method for calculating exempt current pension income
  • Work test exemption

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Last modified: Wednesday, June 28, 2023