Meet Jessica. She’s 38, lives in Sydney and works as a freelance journalist. Like all Australians, part of Jessica’s income is contributed into a superannuation fund for her retirement.

However, Jessica wants to have a greater say with her investments.

A recent inheritance means, she has more money she would like to invest. Also, Jessica would ideally like to make the most of any investment earnings now, and not have to wait until retirement.

Jessica would like to keep the money she invests available to her in case of any emergencies or needs she may have before she retires.  Although superannuation would be a great way to invest for her retirement, Jessica would like to maintain more flexibility with her investment.

This is why Jessica chose Centuria LifeGoals, the simple, flexible and tax efficient investment solution giving investors the control they want. If like Jessica you would like a tax effective investment option that you can access before you retire, LifeGoals could be a suitable option for you.

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The super conundrum1

Super is a great way to invest for retirement and benefits from government support. However, it does have constraints, including:

  • The limit for contributions from your pre-tax income (‘concessional contributions’) in a financial year is $27,500.
  • The limit for contributions from your post-tax income (‘non-concessional contributions’) in a financial year is $110,000.
  • If you surpass the concessional contribution limit, you’ll be taxed at the marginal rate of 15% plus an excess concessional contribution charge.
  • If you surpass the non-concessional contribution limit, you could face an additional tax of 47%.
  • There’s a $1.7m transfer balance cap on the total amount of super you can transfer into the pension phase.
  • There are restrictions to when you can access your super, please refer to the ATO website.

It’s important to be able to invest in a way that suits you and reflects your financial situation, but these limits mean super is unable to offer many investors the flexibility they need.

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The Centuria LifeGoals solution

Fortunately, Centuria LifeGoals is giving investors a simple, flexible and tax efficient way to supplement your super. Centuria LifeGoals does this with the increasingly popular investment bond structure (essentially a mixture of a managed fund and life insurance policy). The most exciting features of Centuria LifeGoals include:

  • The investment bond structure has a 30% tax rate, and you can access your entire Centuria LifeGoals investment with no additional tax to pay if you hold it for 10 years (and meet the 125% rule).
  • There’s no initial investment amount limit when establishing your Centuria LifeGoals account (you can start from as little as $500).
  • After this, you can invest up to 125% of the previous year’s contributions, allowing you to put away more money each year (if you exceed this the 10 year period simply resets).
  • Unlike superannuation, you have the freedom to withdraw money whenever you want, and if you do so before the 10 year mark the only tax to pay is the difference between the 30% tax paid and your own tax rate2.

A Centuria LifeGoals investment gives you the flexibility you need so you can invest in a way that suits you, adapting to your financial situation as it evolves.

To show you how Centuria LifeGoals is already helping investors, let’s go back to Jessica’s scenario.

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Case study: How Centuria LifeGoals got Jessica’s investments in shape

Jessica had an additional $200,000 to invest but wanted a tax effective investment that had flexibility to access before retirement. With a 10 year investment horizon in mind, Jessica chose to set up a Centuria LifeGoals account investing in the managed growth option to complement her existing super. She could afford to invest an additional $500 per month in the first year and throughout the next ten years plans to continue investing while meeting the 125% rule.

This would mean that when Jessica reaches 48, she would have contributed $399,517* and her Centuria LifeGoals investment would have grown to approximately $513,769* (after tax and fees). As she had met the 125% rule throughout, she would be able to access the entire sum without any additional tax to pay.

With Centuria LifeGoals, Jessica will be able to invest in a way that suits her and can now enjoy her wealth without having to wait until retirement. Jessica now feels more secure than ever, and now thanks to Centuria LifeGoals she feels stronger than ever.

This scenario has been produced purely to illustrate how Centuria LifeGoals can be used by different investor profiles and are is fictional.
1. Source: Australian Tax Office as at 31 May 2023.
2. In years 9 & 10 this difference is discounted by one-third and two-thirds respectively.
*The investment returns are calculated using the LifeGoals Investment Forecaster Calculator, which can be accessed on the Centuria website ( Please refer to the calculator’s “Returns Calculation Assumptions” for the assumptions used in calculating the investment returns figure.
The investment returns are illustrative in nature and should not be taken to provide an estimate of the amount of investment earnings you will receive. The actual returns may differ to the calculated returns. Centuria does not guarantee the performance of the financial product, the repayment of capital or any income or capital return.  

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