Superannuation rules ensure your super is preserved for you to use in retirement and not for other purposes.
Generally, you must meet a condition of release before your super fund can pay you a benefit. Your fund can only pay benefits in a manner that the fund's rules allow. Reaching preservation age and retiring from the workforce, or reaching the age of 65 are two of the most common examples of conditions of release.
Super is money set aside over your lifetime to provide for your retirement, so understanding how to get the most from your super becomes even more interesting and real as you approach retirement age.