Accessing super

Find out the 12 ways to legally access your superannuation including what happens if you access your super before the age of 60, or you relocate overseas or you want to withdraw your super to cover your mortgage or other bills.

Accessing super also includes a special section called Accessing super early, which contains articles dealing specifically with accessing your benefits before retirement.


Below are some of our key Accessing super articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Accessing super.

Age Pension: Deemed income falls from 1 July 2015 with higher thresholds

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Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest Age Pension payment rates see SuperGuide article ‘Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply’. If you are seeking information on the changes … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2015. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules announced in … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 1 July 2015

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2015 until 19 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply. If you are seeking information on the  changes to … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pension: Can I work full-time and what form do I fill in?

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Q: Your website says: “By starting a TRIP, you don’t have to retire to withdraw your super benefits. You can work part-time or full-time or even casually.” But on the TRIP form I have from my super fund it says I have to be permanently retired or be working part time. Which is correct? I can’t see … [Read more...]

Super pensions: Starting a TRIP takes planning

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Quoting author Mark Twain, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”. Humour aside, apparently the term ‘pension’ can trigger a negative reaction for some baby boomers. Many baby boomers don’t even like the relatively inclusive term of ‘seniors’ because this term … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap remains at $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year, and also applies for the 2014/2015 year). The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If … [Read more...]

2015 Federal Budget summary: No new taxes on super but bumpy ride for retirees

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On 12 May 2015, the federal treasurer Joe Hockey released the second federal budget of his career. While last year’s budget was fire and brimstone and targeted ‘leaners’ (who Hockey blamed for the state of Australia’s finances, when he was not blaming the former ALP government), Hockey’s launch of … [Read more...]