Super guarantee rate of 9.5% on 1 July 2014– Instead of pausing the superannuation guarantee rate at 9.25%, as previously announced, the Government will now increase the SG rate to 9.5% on 1 July 2014 (as currently legislated) and leave it at this level until 30 June 2018. The SG charge percentage will then increase by 0.5% each year until it reaches 12% from 2022-23, a year later than previously proposed. As such, employers are required to increase their superannuation contributions on behalf of employees to 9.5% of ordinary time earnings from 1 July 2014 (as currently legislated).
Option to withdraw excess non-concessional contributions – The Government will allow individuals the option of withdrawing superannuation contributions in excess of the non-concessional contributions cap made from 1 July 2013 and any associated earnings, with these earnings to instead be taxed at the individual’s marginal tax rate. Final details of the policy will be settled following consultation with key stakeholders in the superannuation industry.
Military Superannuation – new accumulation arrangements – From 1 July 2016, the Government will establish a modern fully funded, accumulation superannuation scheme – called ADF Super – for new members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Seniors Health Card – income test – The Government will include untaxed superannuation income in the assessment of income to determine eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) from 1 January 2015. All superannuation account-based income streams held by CSHC holders before the implementation date will be grandfathered under the existing rules.