“The average superannuation payout for Australian women is about a third of that of men.”
Who has more than $30 000 spare to put into superannuation, especially when you’re just returning to work after having a baby or caring for a family member?
I’d say pretty much no one. But the Turnbull Government seems to think differently.
Currently, workers can voluntarily put up to $30,000 extra into their superannuation and have those contributions taxed at a lower rate. The Turnbull Government has floated the idea of raising that amount for women returning to work after having a baby or carers returning to work. But very few of these women or carers would have more than $30,000 (or even a much smaller amount) to spare as a voluntary super top up to take advantage of the lower tax rate.
The government says the move is a way to address the gender superannuation gap. The average superannuation payout for Australian women is about a third of that of men. While it’s great the government is thinking about the super gender gap, just encouraging self-funded super top ups alone is only going to help very wealthy women. Women on low incomes are the ones who suffer from the gender super gap the most.