The FirstTech team shares their analysis of the Federal Budget measures in an overview video and detailed briefing paper. Plus, you can join a webinar to find out more.

Labor’s second Budget featured restrained spending with a focus on easing the cost of living, addressing the challenges of a slowing economy, and bolstering the healthcare system. Watch Craig Day, Executive Director, Technical Services give his insights fresh from the Budget lock-up in Canberra.

00:00:04:16 - 00:00:23:09


Okay we’ve just emerged from CFS’s first Federal Budget lockup. And I have to say the most interesting thing about the budget was what actually wasn't in it. And that relates to there was no announcement in terms of extending the halving of the pension minimum. So therefore, from the 1st of July, a lot of your clients may actually need to increase their account base pension payments.


00:00:23:14 - 00:00:42:23


So you need to be in contact with them and help them through. Also, in the lead up to the federal budget, there's a lot of speculation about whether the transfer balance cap would be frozen its current level of $1.7 million. Absolutely no announcement about that. So from that, we take that the transfer balance cap will be increasing to $1.9 million on the 1st of July as expected.


00:00:43:03 - 00:01:09:12


In terms of other superannuation and taxation announcements, nothing really there to be concerned about. We did have the government recommitting to the $3 million total superannuation balance tax, but we pretty much knew about that. Also in terms of Social Security, we saw increases to working age payments and also the announcement of some energy bill relief of up to $500 or $650 for eligible small businesses.


00:01:09:18 - 00:01:33:15


And in terms of clients that will go to aged pensioners, recipients of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Scheme and also Parenting Payment, Part A and Part B recipients. Other than that, we also had some announcements in relation to aged care, mostly just implementing some of the recommendations out of the Royal Commission. If you want more information, please see our full Federal Budget briefing that goes into a lot more in-depth analysis.


FirstTech briefing paper 


For an in-depth analysis of the 2023-24 Federal Budget announcements, read the FirstTech briefing paper. Some of the key initiatives we address:

  • Change to frequency of super contributions from quarterly to on pay day
  • Higher tax for earnings on super balances over $3 million
  • Cost of living measures including energy relief, cheaper medicine, and bulk billing
  • Small business tax changes such as the $20,000 instant asset write off
  • Changes to social security to provide additional support to those most in need
  • Cheaper childcare to support working parents
  • A range of aged care measures. 


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