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.

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

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Q: I have been part of a super fund from about 1993. I see from your 14 legal reasons to cash your super article, that I may be able to access my restricted benefit. You write: “If you’ve been a member of a super fund since before 1 July 1999, you can cash your ‘restricted non-preserved benefit’ … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 24: Do I have to withdraw my super when I turn 65?

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Q: I retired, sold my large house, downgraded, invested spare money and one month after I invested, I lost $50,000 just like that. I would like to know whether I can keep my super going beyond age 65, maybe to age 67 to help recoup my losses on my outside investment? A: I’m very sorry to read … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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Q: I have a superannuation fund accumulating (although I am no longer making super contributions). I am 52 and I intend retiring at age 60. When I do retire can I withdraw the entire super fund as a lump sum and deposit it in to my bank account? What would the tax implications be for taking the … [Read more...]

If I retire before 60, when can I access my super?

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Q: I am 57. If I decided to retire before 60 when can I access my super? If you have reached your preservation age AND retire, then you can access your super benefits. Australians can have a preservation age of 55 years (if born before July 1960), or at least 56 years and potentially up to 60 … [Read more...]

Does changing to part-time at 60 years, count as ‘retiring’?

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Q: I am 60. I am interested in the condition of release relating to turning 60 and resigning. Is it sufficient to satisfy the ’60 and resign’ condition of release by changing my employment arrangement from full-time to part-time, with the same employer? A: Most super benefits are preserved until … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Turning 55 (or 56) is not enough

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Q: I am 50 years old, born September 1964. I thought I could access my super funds from age 55 but I have been told I can’t access my funds until age 60. Is this correct? And, when I withdraw my super benefits, is there any tax payable? A: The general rule is that you must have reached your … [Read more...]

Turning 60 means tax-free super

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Q: I turned 60 this year and I have been sick since late last year. I can’t get back to work and need to retire. I am wondering if you can tell me what kind of tax I have to pay if I take my super payment. I didn’t tell them I was retired because I kept hoping I’d soon be better. I seem to be … [Read more...]

Tax-free super for over-60s, except for some

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If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay NO tax on those super benefits, unless you are a member of certain public sector super funds (see summary table at the end of this article). Due to the large number of emails I receive on this topic, I’ll … [Read more...]

I’m 67. Can I access my super and continue working?

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Q: I am 67 years-old, and I am still working as a gardener. I would like to continue in employment for as long as possible. I have about $84,000 in super savings. Can I access $80,000 to put on the mortgage of our house and still continue working? Please let me know if this is possible. An … [Read more...]