Women face unique challenges when it comes to retirement savings. Time out of the workforce to care for children is likely to affect your income and your ability to accumulate superannuation.

Here are some simple strategies that make it possible for women to overcome these hurdles.

Government Co-Contribution

  • If you earn less than $36,021 during the 2016-17 financial year and contribute $1,000 of your own money to super, the government will put $500 in your fund shortly after you submit your tax return – a sweet 50% guaranteed return!
  • In addition, if you earn less than $37,000 you will have your super contributions tax refunded to your fund to a maximum value of $500.

Spousal Contribution

  • This is a fantastic and under-used strategy particularly for women working part-time which will provide your spouse with a handy tax break. It works like this… If you are earning less than $10,800 a year, get your partner to make a $3,000 contribution into your super and receive a $540 tax rebate.
    • Note: the spouse income threshold will rise to $37,000 from 1 July 2017 making this strategy more accessible and attractive.

Spouse Contribution Splitting

  • Another underutilised strategy but a great one for rebalancing super accounts and topping up a low super balance. It is a simple process, allowing up to 85% of your spouse’s contributions made to their super fund being transferred into your account.

If you are not sure how to apply these strategies to your situation, it may be worth consulting an adviser to ensure your super keeps rolling in during periods of absence from the workforce.

Please note, this article is for general advice purposes only. It has not taken into account your personal circumstances or financial goals. If you wish to access more personalised advice tailored to your circumstances and financial objectives, please contact our friendly staff today.