No.97: Substantial increase to SMSF pensions for the 2024 year

If you have an SMSF paying a pension, you are required to take a minimum amount of income each year from your account.

In response to COVID-19, the government temporarily lowered the annual minimum amount until 30 June 2023. From 1 July 2023, the reduction to the minimum pension drawdown requirements no longer applies. Therefore, minimum drawdown rates are now reinstated to their pre-pandemic level.

Refer to the table below for more information.

Minimum percentage of account balance factors, by age 

It is crucial to ensure that your SMSF complies with these revised drawdown rates for the 2024 financial year. SMSF trustees should review their pension payment schedules to align with the updated requirements. Failing to meet the minimum pension requirements for a financial year has a substantial impact for SMSFs who are claiming a tax exemption on income from assets that support a pension.

Plan Ahead 

Given the significance of these changes and the requirement for additional liquidity, it is important to plan ahead and make any necessary adjustments to your financial plans to accommodate the updated drawdown rates.


If you have any questions about your SMSF compliance or need to review your pension strategies, please contact your regular Blaze Acumen advisor or any of the following:

Michelle McKenzie
Partner                        03 9694 3040

Erica Harper
Partner                        03 9694 3045

Adam Konsak
Director                       03 9694 3085

Disclaimer: The information contained in this bulletin contains factual information and makes no recommendation or gives any opinions.  Accordingly, it is not financial product advice and should not be relied upon as financial product advice.