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Super pension drawdown rates cut, early super release expanded, in response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the Government has announced changes including reducing super pension drawdown rates, expanding early release of superannuation, and cutting age pension deeming rates. Some of these changes require legislation, which Parliament is sitting to consider today. Update: The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 has passed… Read More »Super pension drawdown rates cut, early super release expanded, in response to COVID-19

Draft legislation to make super more flexible for older people released

The Government has released draft legislation which it says will make superannuation more flexible for older Australians, by changing the work test, bring-forward rule, and spouse contributions. Under the proposed changes, released for consultation, people aged 65 and 66 won’t need to meet the ‘work test’ to make voluntary super… Read More »Draft legislation to make super more flexible for older people released

Increasing SMSF member cap from 4 to 6 remains Government policy

The Government remains committed to increasing the SMSF member cap from 4 to 6, despite it being almost two years since the change was announced. Jane Hume, the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, used a speech to the SMSF Association Annual Conference to say that increasing… Read More »Increasing SMSF member cap from 4 to 6 remains Government policy

Super Guarantee under attack from “unholy coalition”: Albanese

The currently legislated increase to the Super Guarantee rate is under attack from an “unholy coalition”, says Labor Leader Anthony Albanese. Albanese used his latest ‘vision statement’ speech to criticised groups opposed to increases in the Super Guarantee rate. “At the moment we are witnessing an unholy coalition attacking the… Read More »Super Guarantee under attack from “unholy coalition”: Albanese