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Choices – living stronger

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The Government is focused on encouraging older Australians to better grow and secure their personal retirement funds.

Retirees exempt from work test

An exemption from the work test will be established to allow retired Australians aged between 65-74, who have total super balances below $300,000 in their first year that they do not meet the work test criteria, to make voluntary payments into their superannuation funds.

Retirement income strategy

Superannuation trustees will not be required to produce a retirement income strategy for their superannuation fund members.  This is due to new amendments to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

The Government is also set to revise the Corporations Act 2001 to ensure providers of retirement income products will supply standardized and simplified reporting to assist with more informed decision marking.

Pension Work Bonus

Increase in funding to the Pension Work Bonus will mean that pensioners can now receive up to $300 per fortnight before their pension payments are affected.  The Bonus will also cover self-employed individuals, who will be entitled to receive up to $7,800 per year without reducing their pension payments.

Funding for older workers program

Additional funding will be provided over four years to form the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program, starting from 2018-19.  This measure will focus on supporting employees aged 45 to 70 to remain working for longer.

Improved skills for mature age Australians

Funding will be provided over the next five years to help mature age individuals to remain up to date with changing and new skills needed to remain relevant in their workplace.