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Accessing your super

You can generally access your super when you reach the minimum legal age, which is called preservation age and you have retired.

Your preservation age is not the same as your pension age. Preservation age, depending on your date of birth, is at least 55 and can be up to 60 years of age. Anyone born before 1 July 1960 has a preservation age of 55 years. If you were born on or after 1 July 1964, then your preservation age is 60 years.

Use the MoneySmart calculator to work out when you can get your super and to see when you can apply for the Age Pension.


When you’re eligible to withdraw your super you have three main options:

Leave your super where it is

  • This will give you more time to consider your options and seek advice while continuing to have your super invested in your chosen investment option
  • You can continue to grow your super by making additional contributions, depending on your age and employment
  • If share markets have dipped you may decide to wait for an upturn before withdrawing your money
  • Your investment earnings will continue to be taxed at 15%, which may be more than you’d be charged in a retirement income stream

Start a retirement income stream (pension)

  • Your investment earnings are tax-free and, for people over 60, income payments are also tax-free
  • Your money can be invested to suit your income needs and appropriate timeframe
  • Your money may last longer if you take it as an income stream rather than as a lump sum
  • You have to withdraw minimum amounts each year, as a percentage of your balance, based on your age

Withdraw it as cash

You can withdraw your super as a single lump sum or in stages. If you withdraw your funds, you will no longer be making potential earnings from your investments.

Get advice

Before you make any decisions, it's a good idea to speak to an accredited professional to determine the best approach for you. Speak to a Mercer financial adviser today.

Contact Mercer Super AU for all of your superannuation and financial planning queries.

Mercer Super Trust: 1800 682 525, +61 3 8306 0900
Pension: 1800 671 369, +61 3 8306 0906

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