Financial impact

If you release your super early, it may affect the amount of other payments you get or tax you pay.


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

Please read more on the Australian Taxation Office website about both:

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: 18 November 2020