Think about life in retirement
There are many things to consider about life in retirement. Some of these things could include:
- where you want to live when you retire
- if you want to travel overseas or around Australia
- if you want to keep your car
- if you’d like to join a social group
- if you’d like to do volunteer work.
Where to live when you retire
Where you want to live when you retire depends on things like:
- whether you own your home
- the costs of any major housing renovations or maintenance
- your health
- your connection to family and the community.
Travel when you retire
If you’re planning to travel when you retire, you might want to think about:
- where you want to travel
- how often you want to travel
- how long you want to travel for
- the costs involved.
For some people, retirement means less travel. If you have a car but will be driving less, you may want to consider whether you’ll keep your car. Some things to think about include the:
- costs of running your car
- ease of public transport in your area
- cost of public transport in your area
- community transport services in your area.
There’s a lot to consider before making big decisions. This list is a good starting point.
Plan for your retirement
Good planning can increase your financial security in retirement.
Once you’ve worked out how you want to live, consider setting up a suitable financial strategy. Ideally, your strategy should provide things like:
- regular income to meet your regular expenses
- access to long-term capital growth
- a cash reserve to cover emergencies
- a balance between risk and return.
Your financial strategy in retirement is unique to you because it will help you reach your goals.
Get other help
There are many tools you can use to help you manage your money before and after you retire.
Our payments and services
Centrepay is a free voluntary bill paying service. Deductions come from your Centrelink payments. You can use them to pay many types of bills, such as bills for child care, electricity or rent.
The weekly payment option can allow you to get your income support payment weekly. This can help you if you find you it hard to budget for a fortnightly payment.
You can ask for your Family Tax Benefit or Carer Allowance payment to be offset. This means your Family Tax Benefit or Carer Allowance can be paid on a different week to your income support payment. You can call your regular payment line to find out if you're eligible.
Check if you’re eligible for the Work Bonus so you can earn more income from work without reducing your pension.
The simple money manager is a great start to help you set a budget.
Someone to help
You can use our free Financial Information Service (FIS). Our FIS officers can give you information about financial matters. FIS officers don’t give financial advice, counselling, advocacy or promote particular products or providers.
To get financial advice, you may want to talk to a financial adviser. Watch the video below to see what you need to know when choosing a financial adviser.
Our social workers can help you with counselling, support and information during difficult times.
The National Debt Helpline offers free financial counselling. Don’t wait to call them if your money is worrying you.
To get help in your area, you can find a financial counsellor on the National Debt Helpline website.
They can suggest ways to:
- improve your financial situation
- negotiate repayment options
- get help from other services such as a gambling helpline, personal counselling or community legal aid.
They can also provide advice about:
- repaying debts
- debt collectors or debt recovery through the courts
- house eviction or disconnection of electricity or phone
- uninsured car accidents
- tax debts
- unpaid fines.
You can nominate an Enduring Power of Attorney to manage your assets and financial affairs. You may want to do so if you can’t do it yourself due to illness or an accident, or if you’re a victim of abuse.
Read about memory loss, dementia and your money on the Moneysmart website.