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A funeral bond is a managed investment that will on maturity either offset or assist towards the payment of the funeral of the person or the person's partner. Up to two funeral bonds per person may be treated as exempt assets if the combined amounts invested is within the funeral bond threshold.
A funeral bond cannot be exempt if the person has a prepaid funeral.
An investment is a managed investment if:
- the money or property invested is paid by the investor directly or indirectly to a body corporate or into a trust fund,
- the assets that represent the money or property invested (the invested assets) are not held in the names of investors,
- the investor does not have effective control over the management of the invested assets, and
- the investor has a legally enforceable right to share in any distribution of income or profits derived from the invested assets.
For a full definition see also:
Sections 5J(1A), 5J(1B) and 5J(1C) of the VEA.
- the value of a person's principal home,
- any motor vehicle provided under the Vehicle Assistance Scheme,
- the value of any medal or decoration awarded for valour, other than used as an investment or hobby,
- up to two funeral bonds where the combined amount invested is within the funeral bond threshold,
- a prepaid funeral or cemetery plot
- value of a superannuation fund investment prior to pension age.
For a full legislative definition see section 52 of the VEA.
A prepaid funeral is a funeral purchased in advance. The type and style of funeral is documented in a contract and the funeral is paid for at today's prices. There are no further costs to be paid regardless of when the funeral is required. A prepaid funeral is assessed as an exempt asset and no threshold or limit applies.
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