2024 Federal Budget summary

The 2024 Federal Budget was announced on 14 May 2024, with a focus on cost-of-living relief (again) and clean energy.

The previously announced Stage 3 Income Tax Cuts were confirmed to begin on 1 July 2024. Here is a brief summary of the Budget updates.


  • Small Business Instant Asset Write Off: Small businesses, with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million, will continue to be able to immediately deduct the cost of eligible assets costing less than $20,000 until 30 June 2025. This is a tax deduction and not $20,000 cash back to you.
  • Small Business Energy Rebate: The Government will provide a $325 energy rebate to eligible small businesses on their 2024/25 energy bills to provide cost of living relief. This won’t be a cash payment – but it will be a quarterly payment to your energy company by the Government.


  • Household Energy Rebate: The Government will provide a $300 rebate to all Australian households on 2024/25 energy bills to provide cost of living relief. This will be a $75 quarterly payment to your energy company by the Government.
  • Medicare Levy Low-Income Thresholds Increased: The Government will increase the Medicare Levy low-income threshold for everyone from 1 July 2023. This means all individuals will now pay slightly less tax.
  • Revised Stage 3 Tax Cuts for Individuals: The Government confirmed the revised Stage 3 Tax Cuts will begin on 1 July 2024. The 19% tax rate for incomes between $18,201 and $45,000 will be reduced to 16%, and the 30% tax rate will apply to incomes between $45,001 and $135,000. Learn more
  • Deeming Rate Freeze Extended: The deeming rate is the Government’s assumed return on a retiree’s investments The top rate of deeming will be held at 2.25% for another 12 months. Half a million pensioners can relax, the deeming rate is staying unchanged for next year.


  • Increased Employer Super: While this isn’t a Budget announcement, this is a good opportunity to remind you that as an employer you are required to pay 11.5% of your staff’s salary (up from 11%) into your superannuation from 1 July 2024. If your employee has a salary package that is inclusive of super, then their take-home pay effectively reduces by 0.5% from 1 July 2024. But remember this will be offset by the Stage 3 personal tax cuts also coming into effect on 1 July 2024.
  • New Super Contribution Caps: While there were no superannuation reforms contained in this year’s Budget, the super contribution caps were given an inflation adjustment. The tax-deductible super cap will increase from $27,500 to $30,000 on 1 July 2024. The non-tax-deductible super cap will increase from $110,000 to $120,000 per year. You will be able to contribute $2,500 more into super as a tax deduction from 1 July 2024.

Learn more: Changes to superannuation contribution caps

To maximise the benefits from the 2024 Federal Budget, schedule your 2024 Tax Planning meeting with our KMT advisers today!

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