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  • Eligibility for the LISC

    You are eligible for the LISC if you satisfy all of the following requirements:

    • you or your employer pay concessional (before tax) contributions for the year to a complying super fund – this includes super guarantee amounts
    • you earn $37,000 or less a year – to work out your eligibility, we use your actual or estimated 'adjusted taxable income' (see Income tests)
    • you have not held a temporary resident visa at any time during the income year (note that New Zealand citizens in Australia are eligible for the payment)
    • you lodge a tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from business and/or employment, or you don't lodge a tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from your employment.

    If you are a low-income earner, you can also receive super co-contributions when you make personal (after tax) super payments.

    Example: Working out LISC eligibility

    Julie earns $36,000 a year as a childcare assistant. In the 2012–13 financial year, Julie’s employer makes a super guarantee contribution of $3,240 into her super fund. Julie lodges an income tax return which includes tax deductions of $1,000, resulting in an adjusted taxable income of $35,000 ($36,000−$1,000).

    The table below shows how Julie worked out whether she was eligible for a LISC:

    Table: How Julie worked out if she was eligible for a LISC


    Criteria met?


    Super fund has my TFN?



    Made concessional super contributions?



    Had an adjusted taxable income of $37,000 or less?



    Received at least 10% of income from employment, business or a combination of both?



    Had not held a temporary resident visa during the year?



    Julie will receive a low income super contribution of $486 (15% of $3,240) paid into her super fund.

    End of example

    LISC and deceased estates

    If a person dies, their estate may be entitled to the LISC.

    Eligibility for the LISC is worked out using the eligibility criteria described above, but the income tests are applied as if the person had continued to earn income at the same rate for the entire year.

    You can apply to have the payment made directly to the estate.

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      Last modified: 17 May 2017QC 26138