Age limit for compulsory super contributions abolished

April 2013

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From 1 July 2013, eligible employees aged 70 years and older will be entitled to compulsory employer contributions (known as Superannuation Guarantee—or SG—contributions). If you’re aged 70 years or older, you may be entitled to receive SG contributions from your employer (from 1 July 2013) if you:

  • are working
  • earn more than $450 (before tax) a month and
  • aren’t subject to any SG exemptions.

With the increase in the SG rate from 9% to 9.25% on 1 July 2013, this means you can expect to receive employer contributions of at least 9.25% of your ordinary time earnings from the start of the new financial year.

Note: These changes are most relevant to Accumulation One and Spouse Account members who receive SG payments. The age limit for employer contributions will depend on your enterprise agreement or terms of employment. Defined Benefit Division and Accumulation Two members usually receive contributions until they’re 75. If those members work beyond age 75, any ongoing employer contributions are normally paid into an Accumulation One account.

Age restrictions on voluntary super contributions will continue to apply, as shown here:

Age group Type of voluntary contribution
Before-tax contribution After-tax contribution
70-74 Yes, but work test applies
Only personal contributions, and work test applies


75+ No No
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