Transition to retirement
Access your super while you’re still working
If you’re eligible, you could use a transition to retirement strategy to access your super as an income stream while you’re still working.
You might choose to cut back on your work hours because the income you receive from your super benefits could help to make up for any loss of salary.
With transition to retirement, your super benefit must be used to start a regular pension such as our Transition to Retirement Pension. This doesn’t allow for lump-sum cash withdrawals and is known as a non-commutable income stream.
How transition to retirement works
With transition to retirement you can access your super once you reach your Commonwealth preservation age. You can:
- Start with part or all of your super benefit and start a non-commutable income stream with our Transition to Retirement Pension
- Choose to receive between the minimum 2% and a maximum of 10% of your super account balance each financial year, calculated at the start of the financial year
- Receive payments directly into your bank account monthly, quarterly or annually
- Change the amount of pension you receive each year, subject to minimum and maximum limits set by the Commonwealth Government
- Continue to work and have your contributions paid into your GESB Super or West State Super account You can also change your super account structures if your personal circumstances change.
The benefits of transition to retirement
There are a number of ways you can use transition to retirement to benefit you:
- Increase your super - you'll continue to work and can sacrifice some of your salary to super
- Reduce your hours - you can work less without reducing your overall income, as your pension can make up for your lower salary
- Increase your income - you'll be receiving an income stream from a pension as well as your normal salary
You can find the right balance to suit your needs, with the flexibility to change your strategy as your circumstances change. We recommend that you speak with a financial adviser, accountant or tax adviser to help you decide if transition to retirement is right for you.
Is transition to retirement right for you?
Transition to retirement is a way you can access your super while you’re still working.
Take our simple quiz to see whether it could be right for you.
Learn more or book a seminar
Find out how transition to retirement works with your account:
- Transition to retirement with GESB Super
- Transition to retirement with West State Super
- Transition to retirement with Gold State Super
To learn more about preparing for your retirement, register for one of our seminars.
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