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