Retirement is a big step, but you can choose to ease into it with an NGS Transition to retirement account. Opening an account lets you draw down an income from super while still working.

Who is it available to?

If you've reached your preservation age but would like to continue working, you may be able to open a Transition to retirement (TTR) account. A TTR account will provide you with income payments. Some people choose to reduce their working hours and use TTR income payments to make up for their salary shortfall; others use a TTR account as part of a tax-saving strategy. More details on this below, but first, to see if you’re eligible, you'll need to know your preservation age:

Your date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960–30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961–30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962–30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963–30 June 1964 59
After 30 June 1964 60

How does it work?

A TTR account must pay you an income payment at least once in each financial year.

If you're aged over 60, your income payments will be tax-free. Tax will generally apply for those aged under 60. In some cases, a tax offset may be applicable. For more information, download our Fees, costs and tax fact sheet.

The current TTR annual payment limits are:

 Transition to retirement account annual payment limits
AgeMinimumMaximum
Preservation age - 642%10%
65 and overTransition to retirement is available for workers between preservation age and age 64

This table reflects measures introduced by the government in response to COVID-19 — minimum payment requirements have been temporarily reduced to 2% until 30 June 2022. The idea here is to ease concerns about drawing on your investments at a time of market volatility. As such, you may wish to draw down less and leave more of your funds invested.

What are the benefits?

Many who decide to move to part-time work arrangements open a Transition to retirement (TTR) account. The income payments they receive help to supplement their reduced salary.

A TTR account can also help provide tax benefits for people over 60 who continue to work full time. While receiving an income from your TTR account, you could structure your super contributions to maximise your savings and reduce tax, without reducing your take-home pay.

benefits of an NGS transition to retirement account

Our Transition to retirement fact sheet has some case studies that detail how this strategy works. It can get complicated, so if you're unsure, consider seeking advice.

How do I set it up?

You'll need to read our Product Disclosure Statement as well as our Transition to retirement guide before applying for an account. Once you're ready, complete the application form in the back of our Transition to retirement guide. To ensure you get the most out of a TTR account, consider getting advice.

Download TTR guideProduct Disclosure Statement

How much will I need?

Super is your savings for retirement, so do you know how much you should be aiming for? The answer will be different for everyone — there are various factors you need to consider in working out how much you'll need for retirement.

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