Taking a super pension

When you retire and/or reach a certain age, you can access your super benefits as a lump sum or as a superannuation pension.

A superannuation pension is also known as an income stream.

You can purchase a pension from your existing superannuation fund or a related financial organisation, or from another super fund or organisation, or start a pension within a self-managed super fund (SMSF).


You may also be eligible to start a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP) before you retire, provided you have reached your preservation age.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Taking a super pension.

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...]

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...]

Pension earnings remain tax-free after death

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Regulations took effect from 1 July 2012 (although registered in June 2013) confirming that pension earnings remain tax exempt upon the death of a fund member receiving a super pension, even when there is no reversionary pension (that is, the pension of the deceased fund member does not … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Taxing pension earnings, and benefits, will deliver minimal tax revenue

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Note: the Financial System Inquiry final report suggests that super pension fund earnings should be taxed, rather than continue to receive tax-exempt status. Why? So it will reduce costs for super funds, but it most certainly will increase costs for fund members, and significantly reduce retirement … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

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Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed? A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

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Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

A key reason Australians leave large funds and choose SMSFs

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Not so long ago, many in the super industry predicted that Australia's love affair with SMSFs would fade, and some commentators announced that the number of SMSFs operating had peaked due to our small population. If I recall, that prediction was made when around 400,000 SMSFs were in existence. … [Read more...]

CSHC income test: What is untaxed superannuation and taxed super?

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Note: This article explains how super benefits are counted towards the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. If you are seeking more detailed information on the CSHC changes announced in the 2014 Budget, or whether you’re eligible for a CHSC, see SuperGuide articles Seniors Health Card (CSHC) changes to … [Read more...]

Seniors Health Card (CSHC) changes, to become law

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At the time of writing, the legislation changing the income test for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card has now passed both houses of parliament and awaiting royal assent. Several other changes affecting the CSHC rules are also awaiting royal assent, which means the changes outlined below are set … [Read more...]

Retirement: Can Australia afford to support your lifestyle?

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Are you planning to support yourself over a 30-year or even 40-year retirement or do you think Australia can afford to finance your retirement? The superannuation industry and the federal government continues to grapple with this issue, that is, whether Australia will continue to be in a position to … [Read more...]