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Hear from AIST’s General Manager, Advocacy, Mel Birks as she steps through...

AIST Federal Budget Wrap-up

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The focus of this year’s Federal Budget was on initiatives designed to...

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AIST Federal Budget Wrap-up

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The focus of this year’s Federal Budget was on initiatives designed to maintain and grow Australia’s post-pandemic economic recovery, which has been better than expected.

While a number of superannuation and retirement measures were announced, most of these are either changes or adjustments to existing measures. In a long-awaited move, the government will abolish $450 minimum monthly income threshold, which prevents many low paid women, in particular, from receiving compulsory super contributions.

Mel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, provides an overview of the proposed changes including:

  • Removal of $450 monthly income threshold for SG
  • Lowering of eligibility age for Downsizer contributions
  • Changes to First Home Saver Super Scheme
  • Changes to Work test for those aged 67-74 years

Published Date: 27 May 2021


Mel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST

Mel started her career in superannuation in the ATO, moving to work with industry super funds in 2004.  Her roles have included senior roles in stakeholder relations, strategy, marketing and communications in Link Group/ Superpartners, HESTA, Hostplus, AUSfund, Industry Fund Services and ME Bank.  Her most recent role at ASIC was as a Senior Specialist in the Superannuation team where she provided technical analysis and strategic advice on consumer issues in relation to superannuation.

Mel is passionate about delivering benefits to members, with a particular focus on improving women’s retirement outcomes.

Mel is also the current deputy chair of the Victorian Committee of Women in Super and has been a member of the Mother’s Day Classic organising committee in Melbourne for a number of years.

She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology from Monash University and a MBA from Deakin University and has successfully completed the Advanced Leadership Program run by Women & Leadership Australia.

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