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If you've stopped working
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Find out more about our Retirement income account
What is a Retirement income account?
Also known as an allocated or account-based pension, a Retirement income account provides you with a regular income in retirement.
Once eligible, you start by moving your super from your super accumulation account (such as a Sunsuper Super-savings account) to a Retirement income account, which will then provide you with regular payments into your bank account. You also have the ability to take out lump sum withdrawals.
Who is the Retirement income account for?
We’ve specifically designed our Retirement income account for members who:
- Have reached their preservation age and retired, or
- Have turned age 65 regardless of whether they’ve retired
How does it work?
Any regular income payments or lump sum withdrawals are tax free if you’re age 60 or over. You have the flexibility to choose how much income you receive and how often you receive it, provided the total each year meets the minimum amount set by the government. Your funds will continue to be invested as well so it’s still working for you even in retirement.
What is my preservation age?
The government “preserves” your super by restricting when you can access your money. This means any money you invest in super stays in super, until you at least reach your “preservation age”. Your preservation age depends on your date of birth:
|When were you born?||Preservation age|
|Before 1 July 1960||55|
|1 July 1960 - 30 June 1961||56|
|1 July 1961 - 30 June 1962||57|
|1 July 1962 - 30 June 1963||58|
|1 July 1963 - 30 June 1964||59|
|After 30 June 1964||60|
Why should I consider a Retirement income account?
Many people think they need to withdraw all their super as a lump sum when they retire. You don't! In fact, you may be better off leaving your money invested so it will continue to receive investment earnings.
What if I'm not quite there yet?
If you're less than 65 years of age and not ready for retirement just yet but would like to start working less, once you’ve reached your preservation age, a Sunsuper Transition to retirement income account can allow you to supplement your income with regular payments from your super savings while you transition to full retirement.
What income payments do I need to take?
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the government has reduced the minimum annual payment amounts for superannuation pensions like Sunsuper’s Retirement income account. This is intended to help retirees, and those close to retirement, to manage the impact of volatile financial markets on their retirement savings.
You'll be able to choose how much income to take and when you wish to take it, provided a minimum amount set by the government is withdrawn each year. You can withdraw as much as you like above the minimum.
|Your age||Standard percentage factors||Reduced percentage factors applicable for 2019-20 and 2020-21|
|Less than 65||4%||2%|
|95 or older||14%||7%|
How will my balance be invested?
Choosing the right investment option for your Retirement income account can make a big difference to your retirement income.
What fees will I pay?
In 2019-20, we halved the administration fee for our Retirement income account to just $1.50 per week. You’ll also pay 0.10% p.a. of your balance (up to the first $800,000). There is no fee for regular payments from your account. Investment fees and costs also apply depending on which investment options are chosen.
Is there a cap on the amount I can have in the account?
There is a cap of $1.6 million on the total amount you can have in one or more superannuation retirement pensions like Sunsuper's Retirement income account. Note that setting up a Retirement income account may affect your eligibility for social security benefits so it’s important you check with your social security provider (e.g. Services Australia) or seek financial advice before making any decisions.
Will I still get the government Age Pension?
To receive the government age pension, you need to reach the age pension age (currently 66) and have income and assets below certain thresholds. Your super accounts (whether a Super-savings account or Retirement income Account) will count towards both the age pension income and assets tests.
Seeking financial advice on your personal situation can help you work out if you’ll still be eligible for full or part of the government age pension once you activate your Retirement income account.
Will I get a Retirement Bonus?
When you activate your Retirement income account, you may also be eligible for a Retirement Bonus of up to $4,8003. The more money you transfer to the income account, the higher the one-off Retirement Bonus.
How do I get started?
What if I haven't stopped working?
If you are working, either part or full time, you could be eligible to open a Transition to retirement income account. Find out more about our Transition to retirement income account.
Can I access lump sums for larger purchases like renovations or travel?
While a Retirement income account provides a regular flow of income, you are still able to take lump sum withdrawal via Member Online anytime.
Talk to your financial adviser or contact Sunsuper
Outstanding value pension fund offering
Since 2011, we’ve held Canstar’s highest 5-Stars Outstanding Value Account Based Pension rating. We were also a finalist for SuperRatings' Pension of the Year 2021, and our Income accounts have received the highest possible ratings from SuperRatings, Chant West and The Heron Partnership.4
1. Flexibility to set your payment amount and frequency: The Government has set a minimum amount to be withdrawn each year. You must have at least taken your minimum income for the financial year before you can stop your payments and close your account. Members aged 64 or less who open a Transition to retirement income account can withdraw a maximum of 10% each year. You can also close your Income account at any time if your needs change.
2. Stop your income payments and close your account at any time (subject to having already received the minimum legislated income payments).
3. Retirement Bonus: Subject to eligibility criteria, including a 12-month minimum membership period. Visit Retirement bonus for details. Note other conditions apply.
4. For ratings and awards information, visit sunsuper.com.au/ratingsagencies.