The First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS) is an initiative to allow you to save money in your super account to go towards your first home deposit.
You can voluntarily contribute up to $50,000 to your super account* (up to $15,000 per financial year) to go towards a deposit for your first home.
When you are ready to purchase your home, you can withdraw up to $50,000 in contributions plus associated earnings, less any taxes.
Eligibility for the scheme can be found on the ATO website
The $50,000 limit on eligible contributions will only apply to requests for FHSS determinations made from 1 July 2022. The previous $30,000 limit on eligible contributions will apply to requests for FHSS determinations made before 1 July 2022.
The benefits of saving for a home inside super
Super gets a special tax treatment. You generally only pay 15% tax on the earnings within super.
This is compared to when you save the same amount of money in a savings account. You will be required to pay tax on the interest earned, and this is taxed at your personal income tax rate (which increases as your salary increases, and can be up to 47%).
To begin the FHSSS, you will need to make additional contributions to your super.
These must be voluntary contributions which can be added by making personal contributions or by salary sacrificing. You cannot access employer contributions through this scheme.
There are two methods to start:
1. Personal contributions - transfer from your bank account
This is the easiest method and allows you to stay in control of how much and when you contribute.
If you are a Professional Super member, log in and make sure you have added your Tax File Number to your account. Then, you’ll be able to make personal contributions
You may also be able to claim a tax deduction for these personal contributions – see the ATO website
for more information.
2. Salary sacrifice contributions - set this up with your employer
Speak to your employer or HR manager about setting up salary sacrifice contributions. You can normally do this if the total of your employer’s contributions, plus your salary sacrifice contributions is less than $27,500 p.a. (FY 2022-23).
These contributions are made from your before tax salary, so the contributions won’t incur income tax and are instead taxed at a concessional rate of 15%.
The First Home deposit tracking
We’ve made it easy for you to track your contributions for each financial year and your total contributions.
Professional Super has a First home deposit tracking feature that you can access when you login or on the app.