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.

I’m under 60. Does my super payout also affect my other income, and tax bill?

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Q: I have tried to phone the ATO re this query. Could you tell me the answer to this question? I turn 55 soon and I am eligible for a super payout of $185,554 next month of which only the $554 is taxable at 17.0%. However I still intend to keep working at my $58,000 a year job and wondered how this … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Preservation age jumps to 56 years from July 2015

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Turning 55, retiring and accessing your super will become a thing of the past from July 2015. Anyone born on or after 1 July 1960 needs to push from their mind that the age of 55 is the ticket to superannuation access. From 1 July 2015, Australians turning 55 will have to wait at least another year … [Read more...]

I retired at 59. Do I pay tax on my superannuation lump sum?

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Q: I retired in September 2014. I’m now living on a tiny super pension of about $710 a fortnight. In September 2014, I also received a $15,000 superannuation lump sum. The tax free component of my total superannuation is 66% and the taxable component is 34%. I turned 60 in February 2015. Do I have … [Read more...]

Preservation age: I’m 58. Can I withdraw my super benefits?

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Q: Can you please tell me whether I can withdraw my super benefits when I retire at age 58? A: This answer assumes that your super benefits are preserved, and the answer to your question depends on your date of birth. Under normal circumstances, access to superannuation benefits requires certain … [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 early: 14 legal reasons to cash your super

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Many Australians are facing hard times, especially with structural change transforming our economy. The harsh reality is that mortgage repayments and everyday living expenses continue even when you when suffer redundancy, illness or other forms of misfortune. We receive hundreds of emails from … [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 super 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 benefits, is … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminal illness

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Q: I have a terminal illness. Can I access my super benefits? A: I’m sorry to read about your illness. The superannuation rules do recognise that super benefits can be accessed early under such devastating circumstances. For your information, ‘terminal illness’ for the purposes of accessing … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminally ill receive tax break

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Individuals with a terminal medical condition are able to access their super lump sum payments tax-free, regardless of age. A super fund can release super benefits to a member if they have a terminal medical condition. According to the legislation, a terminal medical condition exists if two … [Read more...]

Can I access super early due to ‘severe financial hardship’?

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Q: I am in financial hardship. Can I withdraw my super to pay my expenses? A: I’m sorry to read about your circumstances. Yes, in certain circumstances individuals suffering financial hardship may be able to access a portion of their super benefits. You must apply to your super fund to claim … [Read more...]