Expanded access to ‘downsizer’ contributions from sale of family home

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What is Downsizer Contribution?

  • Downsizer contributions are not tax deductible and will be taken into account for determining eligibility for the age pension. If you sell your home, are eligible and choose to make a downsizer contribution, there is no requirement for you to purchase another home.
Date of effectDate of effect The first financial year after Royal Assent of the enabling legislation Expected to be 1 July 2022
  • The eligibility age to access downsizer contributions will decrease from 65 years of age to 60.
  • Currently, downsizer contributions enable those over the age of 65 to contribute $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home to their superannuation fund.
  • These contributions are excluded from the existing age test, work test and the $1.7 million transfer balance threshold (but will not be exempt from your transfer balance cap).
  • Both members of a couple can take advantage of the concession for the same home. That is, if a couple have joint ownership of a property and meet the other criteria, both people can contribute up to $300,000 ($600,000 per couple).
  • Downsizer contributions apply to sales of a principal residence owned for the past ten or more years.
  • Sale proceeds contributed to superannuation under this measure will count towards the Age Pension assets test.