What is the early release of superannuation?

3 min. readlast update: 11.21.2023

The early release of superannuation refers to accessing a portion of your superannuation savings before you reach your preservation age or retirement age. In certain circumstances, individuals facing specific financial hardships or life events may be eligible to withdraw funds from their superannuation account early.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for early release of superannuation, you must meet specific conditions outlined by the Australian Government. These conditions typically include:

  1. Severe Financial Hardship: If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot meet immediate living expenses, you may qualify for early access to a limited amount of your superannuation savings.
  2. Compassionate Grounds: Certain life events, such as medical treatment, palliative care, or avoiding foreclosure on a mortgage, may warrant early access to your superannuation.
  3. Terminal Medical Condition: If you have been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, you may be eligible to access your superannuation savings.
  4. Temporary Residents Leaving Australia: Temporary residents departing Australia may apply for the early release of their superannuation balance.

Preservation Age and Conditions: The preservation age is when you can access your superannuation without restrictions. The preservation age varies based on your date of birth. Generally, you can access your superannuation once you reach your preservation age and retire. However, meeting specific conditions allows early access before reaching this age.

Application Process: To apply for early release of superannuation, you need to submit a valid application to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or your superannuation fund, depending on the reason for early access. Each condition for early release has its unique application process, and providing the required documentation and evidence to support your claim is essential.

Seek Professional Advice: Accessing your superannuation early can have long-term financial implications, such as reduced retirement savings. It's crucial to carefully consider the decision and seek advice from a financial advisor or the ATO before withdrawing. A financial expert can help you understand the impact on your retirement savings and explore alternative financial solutions.

Remember, the early release of superannuation is intended to assist individuals facing genuine financial hardship or significant life events. It is not a substitute for regular savings and retirement planning. If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for early release, consult with the relevant authorities or seek professional advice to ensure you make an informed decision. 

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