Australian Budget – Superannuation Reforms Announced


Australian Budget – Superannuation Reforms Announced

14:46 06 May in Blog

In the Australian Federal Budget, handed down by the Treasurer Scott Morrison, on 3rd May 2016, significant Australian superannuation reforms were announced.

These included changing the non-concessional contributions cap from an annual amount of A$180,000 per annum to instead be a lifetime amount of A$500,000, effective from Budget date.

Further changes due to be introduced from 1 July 2017 include:

  • Introducing a A$1.6m transfer balance cap on the amount of Super which Australians can transfer into tax free retirement phase;
  • Annual cap on concessional contributions to Australian super to be reduced to A$25,000 p.a.; and
  • The work test for those aged from 65 to 74 to be abolished. Note that people aged over 75 will remain precluded from making contributions to Australian superannuation.

Whilst the net impact of these changes will be a positive for people who have UK pensions they may wish to move to Australia where aged over 65, in the main these changes will create issues for people with UK pension funds which exceed a person’s available headroom (considering the A$500,000 limit).

The good news is that Prism Xpat, being headquartered in the UK with access to the full range of UK pension products, is ideally set up to deal with UK pension restructuring strategies considering the UK and Australian tax systems, both per and post retirement,. Our strategies take into account the new limits – so that you will still be able to optimise your UK-Australian tax planning instead of being stuck and locked into receiving an ongoing income stream from the UK.

Please contact us for further information.