Retirement is an opportunity to focus on doing the things you love. You've been working hard and saving your super for precisely this time of your life β€” so, here's how to make the most of it.

When can I access my super?

Usually, in order to access the funds in your super account, you'll need to meet a 'condition of release'.

Conditions of release include:

  • retiring at or after preservation age
  • ceasing employment on or after age 60
  • reaching 65 years of age (regardless of your working status).

Your preservation age depends on your date of birth as set out below:

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 can I access my super?

Once you’ve met a condition of release, you can access your super either via income payments by opening an NGS Income account or as a cash lump sum by completing a Request for withdrawal form.

NGS Income AccountRequest for withdrawal

Why open an Income account?

Retirement doesn't need to be the end of the road for your super. You can continue to take advantage of the benefits of the super environment by opening an Income account and drawing a regular, tax-free1 income to suit your needs. This way, your money remains invested, and the risk of spending all your savings at once is minimised. You'll still have the flexibility to withdraw lump sums whenever you need, like for renovations or a holiday.

Many people find retirement easier to manage with an NGS Income account. Before applying, you should read our Product Disclosure Statement.

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Transition to retirement

If you've reached your preservation age and would like to start accessing your super without retiring, you can opt to receive an income from an NGS Transition to retirement account. Many people use this option to transition into retirement by reducing their workdays and supplementing their income with a transition to retirement income stream.

Each financial year, you can access up to a maximum of 10% of your Transition to retirement account balance.

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Accessing super FAQ

Can you access super before retirement?

There are various special circumstances in which you may be able to access your super before retirement. These include:

There are different eligibility rules for each option. You can read more about accessing your super before retirement on our website or in our fact sheet Gaining access to your super.

Is super tax free?

Super payments — whether through an income stream or lump sum payment — are usually tax free if you’re above 60 years (similar to government age pension if it is your only source of income). However, if you are withdrawing your super while under age 60, you may need to pay tax.1 Speak with an NGS Financial Planner for more information on the taxed and untaxed elements of super.

1 Income account payments are tax free for those aged 60 and over. If you’re under 60, tax generally applies. Read our Fees, costs and tax fact sheet for more information.

Working after retirement

Retiring doesn't mean you'll never want to work again. Some people enjoy returning to work in their later years. Whether on a part-time or full-time basis, there are options available for working after retirement.

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Retirement basics

The decision to retire permanently largely depends on whether you have the financial resources available to see you through the rest of your life.

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Transition to retirement

The way we work and prepare for retirement is changing in response to our changing lifestyles.

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Income streams

We are spending longer periods of time in retirement and circumstances can change over time. This makes planning for your retirement more difficult.

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Advice services

As a member of NGS, you have access to our dedicated advice services. Our expert advice team can help you make sense of your finances, and guide you to achieving the goals you have, whether big or small. Find out more

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