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.

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...]

Accessing super early: Not for business debts

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Q: I am in partnership in a franchise business. We have been struggling since the beginning of the recent financial crisis, and have fallen behind on rent and we are just managing to keep up with service providers. I would like to withdraw my superannuation to invest into the business. I only have … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Unemployed and in financial hardship

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Q: I have been unemployed for 10 months now and I am still having problems finding work. I’ve got bills to pay off and I’m finding it hard to do that with the tiny amount I get from Centrelink each fortnight. Is there any way I can claim I have financial difficulties and use my superannuation … [Read more...]

Accessing super early on ‘compassionate grounds’

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If you are having financial trouble, or you are suffering chronic illness, or you require significant medical attention, you may be able to access your super benefits early. If you require medical treatment, or medical transport for medical treatment, then you may be able to apply for early … [Read more...]

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

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Q: I am 56, nearly 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 ranging from 55 years to 60 years, depending on date of birth. I assume … [Read more...]

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

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Q: I left Australia in 2001, but I was part of a super fund from about 1993/4. I see from your 14 legal reasons to cash your super article, that I may be able to access my restricted benefit. You write: "Cease employment and have certain pre-1999 super benefits. If you’ve been a member of a super … [Read more...]