The results of the OECD's first international survey of adult skills shows that Australian adults perform very well compared to other developed countries when it comes to literacy skills, but when it comes to numeracy the performance is only average.
Legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament this week to increase compulsory employer super guarantee (SG) contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent. This is to be done in regular stages over the next seven years and the current age limit of 75 for making contributions will also be removed.
Offshore Term Deposits - A poor deal for Australian expats and offshore investors
Australian banks consistently offer poor value to Australian expatriates and foreign investors wanting to place cash in Australian dollar term deposits and at call accounts. The rates in the Australian domestic market continue to provide much better returns on your money, evening having regard to the
Current Australian mortgage mortgage interest rates are at 30 year lows. Typically, Australian expatriates once overseas rarely review their mortgage arrangements; usually on the presumption that is just "too much of a hassle" and, particularly if they are on variable mortgages, presume that their mortgage payments will remain competitive.
We are very much in favour of Australians considering retirement overseas, particularly into some of the lower cost Asian countries. It is not without it's challenges, and it's not for everyone, but in many cases it will provide retirees with an interesting lifestyle unattainable in Australia.
Strictly speaking, Australia has no inheritance tax – however, the rules around the application of capital gains tax (CGT) for non-residents differ from those applying to resident Australians where there is an inheritance. As a general rule, capital gains tax (CGT) applies to any change of ownership of a CGT asset, unless the asset was acquired pre CGT (September 1985).
We very much support the idea of Australians spending all or part of their retirement offshore - cost of living differences mean that they can potentially have a much more relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle. It's not for everyone - you need to factor in the impact of prolonged absences from family and lifelong friends - but it is certainly an option that is worthwhile considering.