Financial impact

Getting your super early may affect other payments you get or tax you pay. You may also need to pay a fee to your super fund.

Tax

If you’re below preservation age you may need to pay tax on any money you get from your super.

Please read more on the Australian Taxation Office website about:

You may need to pay your super fund a fee to have your super released early.

Centrelink and child support payments

An early release of super may reduce your Centrelink payments. This includes all of the following:

Early release may also impact the amount of child support you receive or pay.

Get advice

Talk to an independent financial adviser before you apply for early release of super.

You can watch our video about choosing a financial adviser.

Read more about choosing a financial adviser on the Moneysmart website.

You can find a financial counsellor on the Financial Counselling Australia website.

Page last updated: 7 October 2021