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  • Access on compassionate grounds

    You may be allowed to withdraw some of your super on compassionate grounds.

    Compassionate grounds include if you need to:

    • pay for medical treatment for you or a dependant
    • make a payment on a loan to prevent you from losing your house
    • modify your home or vehicle for the special needs of you or a dependant because of a severe disability
    • pay for expenses associated with a death, funeral or burial.

    The amount of super you can withdraw on compassionate grounds is limited to what is reasonably needed.

    A super withdrawal on compassionate grounds is paid as a lump sum.

    How to apply

    You can apply to the Department of Human Services (DHS) for a release of super on compassionate grounds.

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    How tax applies

    There are no special tax rates for a super withdrawal on compassionate grounds.

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      Last modified: 16 Mar 2018QC 37785