Q&A – Sale of home proceeds and super contributions

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By Scott Quinn, Senior Technical Manager

Q: The value of sale proceeds from the sale of a principal home can be exempt under the Centrelink asset test for up to 12 months if there is an intention to use these proceeds to buy, build, rebuild, repair or renovate a new principal home. If my client makes a super contribution with part of the proceeds, does the asset test exemption still apply?

A: Clients may contribute part of the value of the sale proceeds into super and still be eligible for the Centrelink sale proceeds of a principal home 12-month exemption. Under this exemption the amount intended to be used to buy, build, rebuild, repair or renovate a new principal home is exempt under the Centrelink asset test for up to 12-months. It is important to note that the intention must be genuine. The exemption is ordinarily limited to the earlier of 12 months or until your client’s intention changes. Clients can request an extension of an additional 12-months in some circumstances.

If your client is less than pension age, their superannuation funds in accumulation phase are ordinarily exempt from both the assets and income test.

If your client has attained age pension age, funds in accumulation will be deemed under the Centrelink income test. If the client commences an account-based pension, funds will be deemed under the Centrelink income test regardless of age.

More information on exempting home sale proceeds can found on the Human Services Operations manual and Social Security Guide.

Type of super Age of client Assets test Income test
Accumulation account Less than pension age Exempt Exempt
At least pension age Amount intended to be used to buy, build, rebuild, repair or renovate a new principal home is exempt under the Centrelink asset test for up to 12-months (may be extended for an additional 12 months). Any additional amounts are assessed as an asset. Deemed
Account based pension Any age

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