Non-Concessional Super Contributions – Where are we now?

With the Government abandoning its policy to introduce a $500,000 lifetime cap for non-concessional contributions are you clear on what non-concessional contributions you can make to superannuation now?

Non-concessional contributions are contributions that are made to super from after-tax income or savings.

Instead of going forward with its proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax contributions, (with a retrospective counting of the last ten years) the Government has decided to go back to the current rules for after-tax contributions but with a lower annual limit of $100,000.

This will now allow individuals to:

  • make non-concessional contributions of up to $100,000 per year
  • have the ability to bring forward 3 years’ worth of contributions to a single year (allowing you to contribute up to $300,000 in a single year)


The ability to make non-concessional contributions will also be limited to people who have an individual superannuation balance of under $1.6 million. In addition, if you are aged 65 or over you need to pass the “work test” to contribute to your super and cannot bring forward contributions to the current year.

The new rules will apply from 1 July 2017.  This means that for the current 2016-17 financial year people can still make non-concessional contributions of up to $180,000. Also of note is that you may still do the three year ‘bring forward’ rule, allowing a $540,000 contribution this year.

So there are still some new things to get used to, and you need to be aware of your current super balances before making contributions. But things are a whole lot better than they were back in May.


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