A raft of changes are coming into effect from 1 July – here’s what the new policies will mean to your hip pocket.
The start of a new financial year brings an enormous number of changes… everything from superannuation and childcare to pay rises and paid parental leave.
RateCity.com.au has compiled a list of major changes that could see a material impact to your bank account.
Key changes include:
- Increase to the childcare rebate (from 10 July).
- Release of 50,000 new places in the Home Guarantee Scheme with wider eligibility conditions.
- Increase to electricity prices up to 25 per cent.
- Increase to the Super Guarantee from 10.5 per cent to 11 per cent.
- Increase the Age Pension Age to 67.
National changes that could affect your hip pocket 1 July 2023
But wait, there’s more…
NSW changes from 1 July 2023
Queensland changes from 1 July 2023
ACT changes from 1 July 2023
How to make the most of any extra cash
If you do find yourself sitting on a little windfall after the 1 July changes, don’t waste it. Use your extra cash to:
1. Pay down your debts
Trying to get ahead while you still hold debt is like pouring water into a bucket with a hole in it. Plug the bucket first by getting rid of any excess debt you’re carrying.
Some debt reduction methods to try:
- 4 steps to break out of the credit card rut
- Everything you need to know about debt consolidation
- 5 tips to get on top of your debt – and stay there
2. Invest in your education
Any qualification that will put you on a path to earning more money is a good investment in your future. You should also consider putting money towards improving your financial or property know-how as well. This might be in the form of buying books, attending seminars, workshops, a TAFE or industry qualification or even a university degree.
3. Invest in the sharemarket
Every little bit you can put towards building your portfolio counts. Setting up a regular direct debit (for example, the extra you’ll receive each month via the 1 July changes to the child care subsidy) into an ETF account is a good place to start.
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