Accessing super early

You can access superannuation benefits when you retire, or when you satisfy another condition of release.

In this section you can also learn more about the conditions of release that permit you to claim your super before you retire, that is early access or early release of super.

Below are some of our key Accessing super early articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Accessing super early.

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...]

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...]

Super for beginners, Part 9: If I retire and take my super, can I return to work?

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Q: I am 57 years old. Apparently you can get a lump sum of super before 60 if you have permanently retired. Can you still later look for work again? How do you prove you have permanently retired? A: The question that you ask is in the top 10 questions that we receive at SuperGuide. The term … [Read more...]

If I ‘retire’, how soon can I return to work?

Q: I am 58 and I plan to retire and take my super as a lump sum, primarily to pay off debts. Am I then able to: Return to work again and earn an income? And if so, how much? How soon after I retire and take a lump sum before I am able to return to the workforce? Am I entitled to work again and … [Read more...]

It’s your super, so why shouldn’t you be allowed access?

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by Helen Hodgson, Curtin University The latest Productivity Commission report, Superannuation for Post-Retirement, highlights two aspects of post-retirement income policy that have recently attracted considerable attention: the age at which people should be able to access their superannuation, … [Read more...]

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefits are likely to be subject to tax — but not always. With the right structure, and usually with expert advice, many Australians retiring early can end up paying no tax. If you’re willing to wait until you turn 60 before you retire, you can … [Read more...]

Accessing super: What is my preservation age?

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We receive hundreds of questions each year asking when you can retire under the superannuation rules, and any special conditions you need to meet before you can take your super benefits. The key concept that every Australian needs to be aware of in terms of superannuation, and accessing super … [Read more...]