As part of your retirement planning, you’ll need to decide what to do with your SASS deferred benefit. Once you know how much you’ll need to live on and where your retirement income will come from, you might be wondering exactly when you can access your money.
Generally, you will be able to move your deferred benefit from SASS when you reach your scheme earliest retirement age which is shown on your account statement. However, any benefit released to you from your SASS account, will still be subject to the Commonwealth’s superannuation benefit preservation rules.
This means that your benefit will need to meet the normal superannuation access rules before you can access the funds.
One of those rules is that once you reach age 60, you can access your super if you terminate an employment arrangement after that age. Use this handy flow chart as a guide to help you understand other circumstances when you can access your SASS deferred benefit. It does not take into account your personal circumstances.