Working in retirement

'Working in retirement' covers the different scenarios that prospective Australian retirees may face when considering retirement.

An increasing number of retirees are combining part-time work and taking a superannuation pension, and possibly also receiving a part Age pension. Retirement is a fluid concept that may or may not involve ceasing full-time work.


If you're under the age of 65 and wanting to access super benefits, then 'retirement' generally involves ceasing full-time employment and making a retirement declaration, unless you intend to start a transition-to-retirement pension or you have unrestricted non-preserved super benefits. If you're under 65 and you decide to retire, then you can still return to work if your circumstances change, or you genuinely change your mind. If you're under the age of 65, then you can make super contributions whether you're fully retired, working part-time or working full-time.

If you're aged 65 or over, then you don't have to retire to access your super benefits (in nearly all cases). If you're aged 65 or over, then you must satisfy a work test if you wish to contribute to a super fund.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Working in retirement.

Retirement and tax: What are the minimum pension payment rules?

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Q: I am 63. I want to retire next year but I am not sure if I want to access my super benefits yet. I have heard that when I retire, I must withdraw some super benefits each year, otherwise I won’t receive tax-free super benefits. Can you please clarify the rules for me? A: You question is really … [Read more...]

Super pensions: Is there an upper limit to how much we can withdraw?

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Q: I am aware that the minimum amount of pension withdrawal is 4% (for under 65s) of the pension account balance. Is there now any MAXIMUM amount of pension required to be drawn from a super fund? If no maximum payment is required, is this still the case for account based pensions, transition to … [Read more...]

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

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap is increasing to $30,000 (from $25,000), effective from 1 July 2014. The special $35,000 cap for over-60s will also apply to over-50s from 1 July 2014 (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2014). An increase in the … [Read more...]

Super challenge: At what age should I retire?

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Selecting a retirement age, even if you plan to continue some form of work during retirement, can be a difficult decision. In some cases, individuals don’t get a choice about when to retire due to health issues, or due to redundancy in later years and then difficulty finding another job. Although … [Read more...]

Working is the new ‘retirement’ for baby boomers

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Just under a quarter of the 5.5 million baby boomers in Australia believe that they will need to work into their eighties because they don’t have enough money to finance a work-free retirement, according to research conducted by Suncorp Superannuation. The Suncorp Superannuation’s research … [Read more...]