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Episode 10 – Unlocking Super: Early Withdrawals and Financial Implications

Superannuation is designed to provide financial security in your retirement years, and it's essential to manage it wisely.
Removing money from your super early can significantly impact your financial future, especially if you don’t have a plan in place to rebuild those funds.

Superannuation is designed to provide financial security in your retirement years, and it’s essential to manage it wisely.

Typically, you can’t access your super until you have reached your preservation age, which is usually around 60 years of age.
However, there are some exceptions for early release of super funds. These exceptions include medical grounds, compassionate grounds, financial hardship, or using a super saver scheme to purchase your first home.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government temporarily allowed people to withdraw two separate amounts of $10,000 from their superannuation accounts tax-free. This policy resulted in 35 million applications across Australia, leading to a total withdrawal of $38 billion from superannuation accounts in 2020.

Surprisingly, only 36 percent of these withdrawals were used for their intended purposes, such as paying debts, covering living expenses, or mortgage and rent payments.

When we withdraw money from our superannuation, we miss out on the benefits of compounding interest.

In this episode, we’ll use some simple calculations to show you the consequences of withdrawing $20,000 during the pandemic and reveal some simple strategies to help you rebuild your superannuation before retirement.

If you were among the 3.5 million people who withdrew money from their superannuation, it’s crucial to implement a strategy to replenish those lost savings.

Before making any hasty decisions, seek advice from a financial adviser or explore alternative solutions.

Above all, think carefully before accessing your superannuation prematurely and consider the long-term impact.

If you have any questions or need guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at We hope this podcast provides you with valuable insights into rebuilding your superannuation balance and securing your financial future.

We appreciate you tuning in today and would love to hear about your experiences and strategies for rebuilding your superannuation. Join us again next week on Dollars and Dreams.

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