What’s changed?

The Commonwealth Government has introduced an additional ground for early release of super in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This page last updated on 30/07/20

  • From 20 April 2020, some people will be allowed to access their super early.

  • Up to $10,000 can be accessed before 30 June 2020, with an additional amount of up to $10,000 available from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. Only one application can be made in each financial year.

  • There are eligibility requirements for Australian citizens or permanent residents:

    • Being unemployed OR

    • Being eligible to receive the jobseeker payment, youth allowance for jobseeker, parenting payment, special benefit or farm household allowance OR

On or after 1 January 2020: 

    • the person was made redundant, 

    • working hours were cut by
      20 per cent or more 

    • their business was suspended 

    • for a sole trader, turnover dropped 20 per cent or more

  • Early access is available for some temporary residents. For full details, see: Temporary Residents

  • The early access payments are tax free

  • The early access payments will not affect Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments

  • Early access is through the ATO link on the MyGov website  

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