Pre-1 July 1983 service and tax
If you are a Gold State Super or West State Super member and have an eligible service period that commenced before 1 July 1983, this page is designed to provide important information about your eligible service period and how your tax components are calculated. If you would like to confirm whether this applies to you, please contact your Member Services Centre on 13 43 72.
Examples for illustrative purposes only
This page is not intended to be a substitute for the Gold State Super essentials brochure or the West State Super Product Information Booklet (PIB). These documents include all of the information you should consider before making a decision. You should read the relevant brochure or PIB and consider seeking professional legal, taxation or personal financial advice before you act. All examples and scenarios used on this page are for illustrative purposes only.
Impact of pre-1 July 1983 service on untaxed super funds
The eligible service period before 1 July 1983 forms part of the tax-free component of your super benefit. This portion is commonly referred to as the pre-1 July 1983 amount. Determining the pre-1 July 1983 amount to be included in the tax-free component of your super benefit will depend on the tax status of your super fund.
For taxed super funds such as GESB Super, the pre-1 July 1983 amount was calculated as at 30 June 2007 and was included as part of the tax-free component on that date. This is referred to as crystallisation, as the amount became fixed and formed part of the tax-free component.
For untaxed super funds, like West State Super and Gold State Super, the crystallisation of the pre-1 July 1983 amount for the untaxed element in the fund is only calculated when a lump-sum benefit is withdrawn or rolled over into a taxed super fund.
How pre-1 July 1983 service is calculated
Calculating your pre-1 July 1983 service will have an impact on the tax components of your super benefit and therefore how much tax is payable when you withdraw from the fund.
The pre-1 July 1983 amount of your benefit from an untaxed super fund is calculated as the lesser of the two following amounts:
John is aged 60, and is a Gold State Super member. He has a Gold State Super account balance of $600,000 calculated as at 1 July 2018. His account balance includes a tax-free component of $60,000 (John’s after-tax contributions to his Gold State Super account) and a taxable - untaxed component of $540,000. John started working for the WA public sector on 1 July 1978 and had continuous service until he retired on 1 July 2018.
Calculating John’s service period John’s total service period of 40 years can be divided to show the pre-1 July 1983 service period of 5 years1 and the post-30 June 1983 period of 35 years1.
Calculating John’s tax components
If John decides to withdraw his Gold State Super benefit, his pre-1 July 1983 amount will need to be calculated.
The pre-1 July 1983 service period (6 years) is divided by the total service period (40 years) and then multiplied by his total benefit of $600,000.
The pre-1 July 1983 amount is calculated as the lesser of:
- (Original tax-free component of $60,000 + untaxed element of $540,000) x 5/40 = $75,000
- The untaxed element of $540,000
The tax-free component of John’s benefit is therefore increased by $75,000. The total tax-free component is now $135,000 (original tax-free component of $60,000 plus the pre-1 July 1983 amount of $75,000).
The taxable component of John’s benefit is now $465,000 (the total benefit amount of $540,000 less the updated tax-free component of $75,000).
The amount of tax payable will depend on how John accesses his benefit.
Here are two scenarios involving John and the impact of having a pre-1 July 1983 service period on his tax payable.
Scenario 1 Taking his full benefit as a cash payment
If John took his Gold State Super benefit as a cash payment, the taxable component of $465,000 is subject to tax of 17%2.
This will result in tax payable of $79,050. If John was under the age of 60 and taking a cash benefit, then the rate of tax could be higher.
More information on tax rates can be found in the Tax and super brochure.
Scenario 2 Rolling over his full benefit to a taxed super fund
If John rolled over his Gold State Super benefit to a taxed super fund, such as our RI Allocated Pension, the taxable component of $465,000 is subject to tax of 15%3 by the taxed fund, resulting in tax payable of $69,750.
The table below illustrates the tax impact of having pre-1 July 1983 service when rolling over to a taxed super fund, such as our RI Allocated Pension.
Pre-1 July 1983 amount
Tax free and no tax applies
Original tax free (i.e. personal after-tax contributions)
Tax free and no tax applies
Taxable – untaxed element (i.e. the remainder of the benefit)
Taxable – untaxed element and is subject to tax
Tax payable on rollover of 15%
Net benefit (after tax)
This includes a tax-free component of $135,000 and a taxable component – taxed element of $395,250 (i.e. $465,000 less tax of $69,750).
John gains a tax saving of $9,300 (scenario 1 tax of $79,050 less scenario 2 tax of $69,750). This is because the Medicare Levy is not payable on rollovers as it is with cash payments (as in scenario 1 above). As John is aged 604, any regular income payments or lump-sum payments from his allocated pension will also be tax free.
For more information on our RI Allocated Pension, read the Retirement Income Pension Product Information Booklet.
Maximising your tax-free component
Members who have pre-1 July 1983 eligible service and have an untaxed super fund, such as Gold State Super or West State Super, may be able to maximise their tax-free component by making personal after-tax contributions to their untaxed super fund before accessing their benefit.
This is a complex area and we recommend that you seek professional legal, taxation or personal financial advice.
Gold State Super members who are currently employed in the WA public sector may be eligible to open a West State Super account, provided they have pre-1 July 1983 service. Please contact your Member Services Centre on 13 43 72 to find out more.
Untaxed plan cap
Moving from one untaxed super fund, such as Gold State Super, to another untaxed super fund, such as West State Super, will not trigger the pre-1 July 1983 crystallisation in Gold State Super.
It is also important to understand that rolling over your entire benefit to West State Super will mean you only have one untaxed plan cap3 when you access your Final Benefit. Effectively, the untaxed benefit in Gold State Super is assessed twice: firstly in Gold State Super when you roll over to West State Super (i.e. against your untaxed plan cap3 in Gold State Super), and then again when you access your benefit in West State Super (i.e. against your untaxed plan cap3 in West State Super).
Non-concessional contributions cap
If you are considering making additional after-tax contributions into your West State Super account, then the non-concessional contributions cap of $100,000 per annum for the 2018/19 financial year will apply5.
If you are aged under 65, you can bring forward one or two years of non-concessional contributions i.e. $100,000 plus $200,000, giving you a cap of $300,000 over three years.
Eligibility for using the bring forward rule will depend on the size of your total super balance and transitional arrangements. Please note for the 2018/19 financial year, transitional arrangements only apply to individuals who brought forward their non-concessional contributions cap in the 2016/17 financial year.
If you have triggered the bring forward rule prior to 1 July 2017, your contributions cap may be subject to transitional arrangements.
For more information, read the ATO’s Superannuation Reform: Annual non-concessional contributions cap fact sheet.
If you exceed your non-concessional contributions cap, the amount contributed over the cap may result in you incurring excess non-concessional contributions tax.
More information can be found in the Tax and super brochure.
1 Please note, the formula is based on number of days, however we have used years to simplify.
2 Includes 2% Medicare Levy.
3 There is an untaxed plan cap per super fund which is $1.480 million for the 2018/19 financial year (indexed annually in line with Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings, in increments of $5,000 rounded down). The untaxed plan cap applies for each untaxed scheme you are a member of. Amounts up to your untaxed plan cap are taxed at 15% on rollover to a taxed fund. Amounts above your untaxed plan cap are taxed at 47% prior to rollover.
4 If you are aged 60 or over, your regular income stream payments or lump-sum payments will be tax free and you will not be required to include these payments in your income tax return.
5 Non-concessional contributions to all of your super funds will count towards your non-concessional contributions cap (including non-concessional contributions made to Gold State Super and West State Super).
Disclaimer: the information contained on this page is of a general nature, and does not constitute legal, taxation or personal financial advice. In providing this information GESB has not taken into account your investment objectives, financial situation or needs. GESB is not licensed to provide financial product advice. You should read this page in conjunction with other relevant disclosure documents GESB has prepared for its members including the Gold State Super essentials brochure and/or the West State Super Product Information Booklet . You may also wish to consult a suitably qualified adviser to ascertain whether the information contained on this page is appropriate for you.
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