Access your super early
COVID-19 changes to accessing your super early
As of 20 April 2020, the Australian Government has changed the restrictions around early access to super for people impacted financially by COVID-19. If eligible, you can withdraw up to $10,000 in a lump sum before July 1, 2020, and up to a further $10,000 in the new financial year. The eligibility criteria for this special early release of super can be found here.
Before accessing your super, we strongly recommend you seek advice as there are implications for your retirement savings and default superannuation insurance entitlements. If your work capacity has been impacted by any injury or illness there may also be alternative lump sums available to you. Our team provide a free super check, so finding out where you stand won’t cost you anything.
Further information on accessing your super early
The way you apply for early release of your super will depend on the category of claim you are making. Calculating your insurance entitlements can be tricky, depending on which superannuation fund you are a member of and when you stopped work. Sometimes claimants find it difficult to get accurate information from their fund. Sometimes there is complex policy conditions hidden in the fine print.
You may be eligible to access your super early if:
- you have been on Centrelink payments for at least six months and can't pay your living expenses
- you are over the minimum retirement age (55-60), have been on Centrelink payments for nine months, and won't be going back to regular work
- you are over the minimum retirement age (55-60) and still working
- you need money to pay for palliative care, funeral expenses, modifications to your home or car as a result of a disability, or medical and transport expenses for you or a dependant
- you need to make loan repayments to prevent the sale of your home if you are in financial distress
- you are permanently incapacitated for work
- you have a terminal illness
- the preserved amount is $200 or less
- you are a temporary resident and permanently leave Australia.
Applications are made to either your super fund or the Australian Taxation Office, depending on which category of early access claim you are making. If you’re a temporary resident, applications are made through the Australian Taxation Office.
How to withdraw your super
The law surrounding superannuation can be complex, but we can help you understand and navigate your insurance entitlements, and help you successfully make a claim—so you can get the financial comfort you deserve in your time of need.
If you are unable to work due to an illness or disability, you may be able to claim an insurance payout from your superannuation. There are time limits for making a super claim, so contact Maurice Blackburn today.
Why Maurice Blackburn?
Maurice Blackburn's superannuation and insurance claims lawyers are experts in the field. We can help you to gain early access to your funds when you need them the most, and we understand the importance of having someone in your corner when you're taking on a well-resourced insurance company.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don’t have to pay for our legal services if we don't win. We have superannuation and insurance claims lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. Contact us today to receive a free superannuation and insurance check and to find out how we can help.
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