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Yes indeed. We are certainly maximizing it now plus put personal contributions in when we sold the home last year.
I contributed max for the last 10years of full time (varied according to rules) and this was a massive help. But also used proceeds of sale of investment property to contribute to MrsOatek, who had a very small balance 10years out from retirement. The main things is to keep up with changes, opportunities as time to contribute runs out.

We did get a nasty surprise one year from ATO because the employer was slow to transfer, so we had 11 contribs one year and 13 the next - putting us over the second year. But the ATO was helpful, we got a letter from the employer (although they didn't say the real reason for delay was cash flow, claimed "error") and ATO agreed to move the extra back to the previous year. We were running within asbout $50 of the limit each year as we juggled the extra contribs, because the SGT can vary as your salary changes.
 

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@QF WP - is there a calculator for determining unused amounts over a 5 year period? Or is it just a case of subtracting employer (and personal, if applicable) contributions from the cap for a particular year?
 

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Downsizer contributions or just using the personal contributions cap x 2, or both? Excellent strategies
Not quite old enough to use the downsizer 😀. Personal cap x 2. I didn’t do the Max. But nice and close.
 

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One should never ask a lady her age ;) . I didn't think you were - but always easier to put all the alternatives down.
 

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@QF WP - is there a calculator for determining unused amounts over a 5 year period? Or is it just a case of subtracting employer (and personal, if applicable) contributions from the cap for a particular year?

If you have a MyGov account you can see unused Concessional amounts from past years by linking your ATO details.

 

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No online calculators that I've seen @Happy Dude - this MLC page with it's example and table are a lot easier to understand than the ATO one:

Alternatively, this SuperGuide explanation is good, but no handy calculator: How carry-forward (catch-up) super contributions work | SuperGuide
Thanks @QF WP - so can I catch up on 5 years from this year, ie back to 2016, or only from 2018 onwards?
 

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Only from 2018/19 FY, as it says in the MLC article:

2018/19 was the first financial year you could accrue unused cap amounts

If in doubt, seek advice, as you don't want to get it wrong.
 

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Only from 2018/19 FY, as it says in the MLC article:

2018/19 was the first financial year you could accrue unused cap amounts

If in doubt, seek advice, as you don't want to get it wrong.

This lines up with what I see on my myGov account. 2018/19 is the first year to show my contributions for that year and the balance of 25k remaining.
 

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I have found it useful to transfer my employer contributions to mrsandye each year. I will almost certainly go over the cap even then but she wouldn't be close otherwise
 

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Yep - Thats a winner for us. We do the same @andye.
As I understand it, not all super funds allow this - and even fewer know about it.
 

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All public offer super funds must offer the option to switch concessional contributions (known as spouse superannuation contribution splitting). Now, it's a different matter whether all their CS staff are properly trained in the knowledge and it's application.

It's a great way to re-balance the inequity in fund balances between spouses and the ATO form is relatively easy to complete. Details explaining the concept are here: Contributions splitting

Before you do anything, seek appropriate advice from a professional.
 

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In Dec 2016, the first period in which Country of Birth was available

Italy 103,595
Greece 72,494

Dec 2019
Italy 90,394
Greece 67,341

Ref Search
March 2021 figures now in
Italy86,978
Iraq7,761
Greece65,864


....with Census 2021 looming to provide updated population figures...

Aged pension recipients numbers as follows;

Sept 2013 2,359,215

June 2014 2,404,902

June 2015 2,486,195

June 2016 2,538,161

Census total over 65 3,676,763 so 69.5% by Sept 2016

Sept 2016 2,556,410

June 2017 2,498,765

June 2018 2,477,861

June 2019 2,533,359

June 2020 2,556,017

Sept 2020 2,568,302

Ref DSS Payment Demographics


Dec 2020. 2,581,354

Mar 2021. 2,591,187 64.2%

that’s an extra net 35,000 In a three-quarters of a year out of approx 217,000 turning 66(?) many or their partners still working or ? and with from July 2021 another 6 months added to eligibility age (66.5)

the Retirement Income Review
https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-11/c2019-36292-v2.pdf

shows 80% plus of those over 80 are on age pension, And On the new recipients it’s about 42/100 turning 66

Based on my reading of the net difference, it’s barely 15/100...

If that’s the case, superannuation is biting

and it turns labor voters into scale capitalists. 85% home ownership, tax-free drawdowns..
were one to consider the total “salary package” of an elder Australian (cash, concessions and Freebies like Medicare plus aged care plus PBS heavily subsidised) TOTAL all up spend is ??.?
 

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... were one to consider the total “salary package” of an elder Australian (cash, concessions and Freebies like Medicare plus aged care plus PBS heavily subsidised) TOTAL all up spend is ??.?
Calculating the total costs of a public policy program is a novel idea.
This should include both the direct costs (outlays and subsidies) and the indirect costs (e.g. forgone revenue).
 

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Calculating the total costs of a public policy program is a novel idea.
This should include both the direct costs (outlays and subsidies) and the indirect costs (e.g. forgone revenue).
Aside the PC.gov.Au

the Retirement income review made a half-baked effort to show it on page 249
this shows the “WEEKLY” in kind support....
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this second chart would need the first annualised then split by household size then chucked on top for as many years as one remains alive. ( at current timing, the average length of Age pension payments is a decade.
so for Quintile 1 lowest single household earners

$580 a week x 520 weeks = $301,600 which effectively nearly DOUBLES lifetime support ($360k plus $300k = $660k)

versus $330 x 520 weeks = $171,600 (at 80th total $450k plus $171k = $621k)
 

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