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: 01 Sep 2016QC 37785