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.

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

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...]

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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...]

Turning 60 means tax-free super

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...]

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

Q: I have been a member of my super fund from about 1993. I see from your 14 legal ways to withdraw your super benefits 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 … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Turning 55 or 56 (or 57) is not enough

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...]

Accessing super: What is my preservation age?

Note: This article explains at what age you can access your superannuation benefits. If you are seeking information on when you can claim the Age Pension, see SuperGuide article Age Pension age increasing to 67 years (not 70 years).We receive hundreds of questions each year asking when you can … [Read more...]

If I retire at 59, will I pay tax on my superannuation benefits?

Q: I retired in October 2015. I now live on a tiny super pension of about $710 a fortnight. In October 2015, 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 turn 60 in February 2016. Do I have to pay any … [Read more...]

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

Note: The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, applies to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If you’re considering a transition-to-retirement pension, while continuing to make super contributions, then seek taxation … [Read more...]