Superannuation Q and As

Trish Power (author of Superannuation for Dummies and DIY Super for Dummies) answers readers’ questions on super.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Q and As.

Can I access my super early due to 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 ‘severe financial hardship’ may be able to access a portion of their super benefits. You must apply to your super fund … [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 use my superannuation towards my bills, due to my financial … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Can I withdraw my super to pay off my debts?

Q: I have a large amount of debts totalling $25,000, and I have no assets. My income is average and my super balance is above $50,000. I would like to withdraw half of my super to pay off my debts. I’m 36 and my debt is crippling me and my future. Can this be done and how? I’m sorry to read about … [Read more...]

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...]

Super for beginners, part 24: Do I have to withdraw my super when I turn 65?

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Q: I retired, sold my large house, downgraded, invested spare money and one month after I invested, I lost $50,000 just like that. I would like to know whether I can keep my super going beyond age 65, maybe to age 67 to help recoup my losses on my outside investment? A: I’m very sorry to read … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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Q: I have a superannuation fund accumulating (although I am no longer making super contributions). I am 52 and I intend retiring at age 60. When I do retire can I withdraw the entire super fund as a lump sum and deposit it in to my bank account? What would the tax implications be for taking the … [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...]