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First home super saver scheme

The first home super saver (FHSS) allows individuals to save up for their first home in their super fund. The money saved in the super fund is taxed concessionally and therefore, individuals are able to save faster.

Individuals can make voluntary concessional (before-tax) or voluntary non-concessional (after-tax) contributions into their super fund. They can then apply for those contributions to be released. This also releases any earnings associated with those contributions.

This scheme can only be used by a first home buyer if both of the following apply:

The eligibility criteria to participate in FHSS is as follows:

Eligibility is assessed on an individual basis; couples, siblings, or friends can access their FHSS contributions to purchase the same property.

There are many other considerations for FHSS which individuals should take into account if they plan to use the scheme.

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What is the transfer balance cap?

February 18, 2021

The transfer cap refers to the amount of money that can be transferred from your superannuation account to your tax-free ‘retirement phase’ account.

At the moment, the transfer balance cap is $1.6 million and all individuals have a personal transfer balance cap of $1.6 million.

Exceeding the personal transfer balance cap means that you have to:

The amount in your retirement phase account may grow over time, due to investment earnings. Although this may grow beyond the personal transfer cap, you will not exceed the cap. However, if you have already used all your personal cap, and then your retirement phase account goes down, you cannot ‘top it up’.

The rules applied to capped defined benefit income streams are different from other income streams – this is because you can’t usually transfer or commute excess amounts from other streams.