Withdrawals and accessing your super

The Commonwealth Government sets age-based limits on the amount you can withdraw each year.


Regular income stream payments

You must withdraw the minimum amount from your income stream account every year per the Commonwealth Government’s age-based limits (see the table below). You can choose whether you want to be paid fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly.

  • If you’re under age 65 and in a non-commutable income stream, there’s a maximum limit of 10% of your account balance that you can take.
  • If you’re over age 65 and in a non-commutable income stream, there is no maximum limit on your annual income.

Table 1: Minimum income limits

Age Minimum %
Under 65 4%
65–74 5%
75–79 6%
80–84 7%
85–89 9%
90–94 11%
95 or more 14%

You'll receive a letter each July advising you of your annual limits. For more information refer to the PDS and the Accessing Your Super Fact Sheet.


One-off lump sum withdrawals

You can also withdraw lump sum amounts of $1,000 or more at any time, subject to Commonwealth preservation rules and tax if under age 60.


There are no charges for making withdrawals. Please note that Income Stream withdrawals can take approximately five business days to process.


Tax on withdrawals

  • Once you reach age 60, all your payments will be tax free.
  • If you are under age 60 payments will be taxed concessionally.

Investors under age 60 may be entitled to a tax free amount and a rebate.

Transition to Retirement (TTR and EATS)
From 1 July, investment earnings supporting Transition to Retirement (including Early Access to Super - EATS) Income Streams will be taxed up to 15% (previously tax exempt). The new tax will apply, irrespective of when the transition to retirement income stream started.

For investors between ages 55 and 60, Super SA will send you a PAYG Payment Summary - superannuation income stream at the end of each financial year. Different rules apply if you decide to withdraw a lump sum.

For more information refer to the PDS and the Tax Fact Sheet.