The 3-year bring-forward rule allows Members in an SMSF to contribute more than the Non-Concessional Contribution (after-tax Contributions) cap of $110,000 during a 3-year financial period from 1 July 2021. From 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021, the non-concessional contributions cap was $100,000.

For more clarification, please see the example below:

Sam, who is 40, decides to make a Non-Concessional Contribution of $220,000 into his Super Fund in the 2019 financial year. Although this exceeds the annual Non-Concessional Cap of $110,000, he is able to make the contributions to his Super Fund without having to pay the excess contributions tax. This is because the total cap of the next 2 financial years (2020 and 2021) has been brought forward to 2022. Therefore, the amount that Sam contributed stays within the total Non-Concessional Cap of $330,000 ($110,000 x 3).

However, not the full amount of the 3-year bring-forward Non-Concessional Contribution cap needs to be utilised once triggered.

By bringing forward the caps of the next 2 years, members can make up to 3 years’ worth of non-concessional contributions in the First Year. Previously, this rule was only applicable to those under the age of 65. However, from 1 July 2021, this rule will now apply to those under the age of 67.

Bring-Forward Provision for People Under 67

If you are under 67 years old and you make excess non-contributions, the bring-forward rule will automatically be triggered and bring forward the next two years’ non-concessional contributions – but certain conditions apply. This means:

  • You can make a total of $300,000 over a three-year period as your non-concessional contributions if the bring-forward rule is triggered after 1 July 2017. 
  • You can make a total of $330,000 over a three-year period as your non-concessional contributions if the bring-forward rule is triggered after 1 July 2021.

If you exceed your non-concessional contribution, the ATO will issue a letter to the Trustee and you may need to pay extra tax.


  • Excessive concessional contributions (before-tax contributions) will count towards the non-concessional contributions cap and can trigger the bring-forward provision.
  • Life insurance premiums and fund fees are considered as contributions

Bring-forward rule for individuals who are turning 67

From 1 July 2021, the bring-forward rule cannot be applied on Members who are aged 67 or over. The maximum amount of non-concessional contribution for an individual aged 67 or over is $110,000 per annum. In addition, the work test must be met by the Member in order to make contributions to your SMSF. If the non-concessional cap is exceeded, Members may withdraw the excess amount from the Fund, otherwise the excess amount may be taxed at the marginal tax rate.

  • Before you turn 67
    If you are aged 66 years or younger on 1 July 2021, you can take advantage of the bring-forward rule for the entire Financial Year. This means that you can make a $100,000 non-concessional contribution in the Financial Year that precedes the year in which you turn 65, assuming that the bring-forward rule has not been triggered in the previous years.
  • After you turn 67
    If you were 66 years old or less on 1 July 2017 and you turn 67 during that year, you can still make contributions to the SMSF. You are required to satisfy the work test before making such contribution ((either concessional contributions or non-concessional contributions).
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