Retirement is a fluid concept, and it’s common for people to approach it flexibly. For instance, retirement doesn’t mean you’ll never want to work again. Part-time work is appealing to many, whether in their usual field or something fresh. You can manage your super to work with whichever route you decide to take.

Returning to work

You've retired and decided you want to go back to work — so what does that mean for your super? If you've already opened an NGS Income account, you have a couple of options. You can either:

  • keep your account and continue to receive income payments (with the potential to reduce the amount received) or
  • transfer your account back into an NGS Accumulation account where you'll no longer receive income payments. You can do this by completing a Request for withdrawal form. You can always reopen an NGS Income account later, if you decide to stop working again.

Either way, you'll need an accumulation account, so your employer has somewhere to direct your employer contributions. If you decide to keep your NGS Income account open, you can apply for a separate NGS Accumulation account online.

Open Accumulation accountRequest for withdrawal form

Working part-time

In terms of your super, the options for returning to work part-time are much the same as returning full-time. You can either:

Again, you'll need an accumulation account when you return to work so your employer can make super contributions. If you decide to keep your NGS Income account open, you can apply for a separate NGS Accumulation account online.

Open Accumulation accountRequest for withdrawal form

Money when you need it

If you don't need a regular income from an NGS Income account yet, you can keep your money in your NGS Accumulation account for as long as you like. Being retired, you'll have access to your money when you want it — all you'll need to do is complete a Request for withdrawal form. This way, your super balance won't be eroded by income payments that you may have no use for.

It's important to remember that money in an accumulation account is still subject to 15% tax on earnings, compared to no tax in an income account environment. For more information, read our fact sheet Fees, costs and tax.

Fees, costs and taxRequest for withdrawal form

Accessing your super in retirement

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 — so, here's how to make the most of it.

Super and the age pension

Even if you have super, you may be eligible for at least a part age pension from the government. It's worth looking into as part of your retirement plan.

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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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Funding retirement

You know where your income is coming from today but do you know where it will come from in retirement?

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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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Get advice for every stage of your life

NGS Super members have access to qualified and non-commission based financial planners, including over-the-phone limited advice* about your account, at no additional cost. Book now

* Limited financial advice covers one or two issues in isolation on topics such as investment selection and contribution levels. It does not take into account the member’s entire financial situation.

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