Super Guide for your 60s

If you are under the age of 65, you can make superannuation contributions whether you are working or not. If you're planning to make non-concessional (after-tax) contributions, special rules apply if you are aged 63 or 64.

If you're in your 60s, milestone ages to consider include 60 (tax-free super), and turning 65 (work test for making contributions, unlimited access to super benefits, pension payment factors).

When you turn 65, the rules for accessing super are relaxed. The rules for making super contributions however, become stricter. If you’re 65-plus, you must satisfy a work test if you want to make super contributions.


When you turn 70, your employer no longer has to make Superannuation Guarantee contributions on your behalf (although this rule is set to change from July 2013).

When you turn 75, you can no longer make super contributions. When taking a pension, different pension payment factors apply depending on your age.

Note that the Age Pension age is currently 65 but gradually increasing to age 67.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 60s.

Turning 55: Taking super, tax and timing

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Q: If at 55, I take up to $185,000 out of my super as a lump sum tax free, when I turn 60 will I be able to draw down as a lump sum the rest of my superannuation without having to pay tax as well? A: For an individual to access preserved super benefits they must satisfy a condition of release, … [Read more...]

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...]

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 have received about this topic … [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’m 58 and I have $230,000 in super.
Will my super be taxed?

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Q: I’ve just turned 58, and I’m thinking of retiring before I turn 60. I would like to know whether I would have to pay tax on my superannuation. I know that after I turn 60, it’s tax-free, so my inquiry is regarding the period until I turn 60. My super money consists of compulsory employer … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

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Note: This article is the second in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers more easily access the hundreds of questions and articles that we have published on the SuperGuide website. This article, ’Super checklist: 10 more ways to boost your … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 ways to save your super

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SuperGuide receives hundreds of questions every week from Australians wanting to create a better life for themselves in retirement. The types of questions we receive include: how much super should my employer contribute each year, how much money is enough, how can I work out if I am in a good super … [Read more...]

Retirement: 3 ways of taking super benefits before the age of 60

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When you retire early, you’re going to have to make a few decisions. The tax implications of your retiring before the age of 60 can depend on whether you take your super as a lump sum and/or income stream. Are you taking your super as a lump sum, an income stream or a combination of … [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...]