ATO Releases 2016/17 Superannuation Thresholds…But?

The thresholds for the 2016/17 year have recently been updated by the ATO. Each year a number of superannuation thresholds are changed to reflect movements in full-time Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (AWOTE). Importantly, for 2016/17 the concessional and non-concessional contribution caps will remain unchanged. Oh but wait there is a caveat! SUBJECT TO NO BUGGERING ABOUT BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE BUDGET!


2016/17 Superannuation thresholds Threshold Existing 2015/16 New 2016/17
Standard Concessional contributions cap (per annum) No change $30,000 $30,000
Temporary (higher) concessional contributions cap1 (per annum) for 2016/17, for people age 49 and over on 30 June 2016 ‚Äď No change $35,000 $35,000
Non-concessional contributions cap ‚Äď No change

‚ąí Standard (per annum)

‚ąí Bring forward (over 3 years)






Co-contributions (per annum)

‚ąí Lower income threshold

‚ąí Higher income threshold






Superannuation Guarantee (SG) maximum contribution base (per quarter)

Note: Current 9.5% SG percentage until 30 June 2021

$50,810 $51,620
CGT cap amount (lifetime limit) $1,395,000 $1,415,000
Low rate cap amount ‚Äď No change

(Applies to the taxable component of taxed super fund benefits for members aged from preservation age to 59)

$195,000 $195,000


Threshold (Continued) Existing 2015/16 New 2016/17
Untaxed plan cap amount

(Applies to the taxable component of untaxed super fund benefits)

$1,395,000 $1,415,000
Tax-free part of genuine redundancy and early retirement scheme payments (per payment)

‚ąí Base limit

‚ąí Plus, for each completed year of service






Employment termination payment cap (per annum) No change $195,000 $195,000
Minimum annual payments for super income streams No change
Under age 65 4% 4%
Age 65 ‚Äď 74 5% 5%
Age 75 ‚Äď 79 6% 6%
Age 80 ‚Äď 84 7% 7%
Age 85 ‚Äď 89 9% 9%
Age 90 ‚Äď 94 11% 11%
Age 95+ 14% 14%


Preservation age reminder
Date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 ‚Äď 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 ‚Äď 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 ‚Äď 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 ‚Äď 30 June 1964 59
From 1 July 1964 60

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