Retirement age

What is the retirement age in Australia?

When will you be ready to retire? 
There are two important ages you need to consider when thinking about retirement; preservation age when you are eligible to start drawing on your super and Age Pension age when you are eligible to receive the Age Pension. 

Age Pension age

This is the age you qualify to receive Government Age Pension benefits. The current Age Pension age is 67 and has been gradually increasing  as shown in the table below.

If you were born between  You can receive the Age Pension when you are:
1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years
1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 66 years and 6 months
On or after 1 January 1957 67 years

To be eligible to receive the Age Pension you must also meet the income and assets tests.

Preservation age

You can access your super when you reach age 65. If you are under age 65, you can also access your super if you reach preservation age and have retired from the workforce.

If you are under 65, you can generally access your superannuation savings.

Your preservation age depends on the year you were born, see the table below.

If you were born between Your preservation age is
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 to 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 to 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 to 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 to 30 June 1964 59
After 30 June 1964 60

With statistics showing us that Australians are living longer than ever, chances are you could spend a very long time in retirement.

How you make your savings last as long as you do is a key question when considering retirement.

Next page > How much do you need to retire?


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