What is an allocated pension?

A regular income in retirement

There can be significant tax benefits to retirees who roll their superannuation savings into an allocated pension, including:

  • An allocated (or account-based) pension provides a regular income in your retirement
  • Income payments are funded from your superannuation lump sum and the investment earnings this generates
  • A fund manager maintains your pension account and the balance fluctuates in line with market movements, investment returns, fees, deductions for pension payments and other withdrawals.

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You can choose the amount of income you receive each year. However, there is a minimum set by the government that increases as you get older. Income payments continue until your account balance is used up or you withdraw your savings.

It’s generally far more tax-effective to convert your super into an allocated pension than it is to cash it out, as you receive a 15% tax offset on any taxable income if you are aged between 55 and under 60 (conditions apply if you are under 55). Payments are tax free if you are over 60. Investment earnings are also tax free1.

 With an allocated pension, you can:

  • Choose from a wide choice of investments
  • Easily access your capital (except if commenced as a pre-retirement pension)
  • Make lump sum withdrawals whenever you want
  • Receive social security concessions under some circumstances
  • Pass on the balance of your account to your beneficiaries when you die

What else to consider?

Investment Growth Bond

A tax-paid insurance bond with a range of investment options.

Guaranteed annuities

Pays you a guaranteed income throughout your retirement.

SMSF cash account

It's easier to manage your SMSF cash account and investments together.

Planning for retirement

Taking an active role in planning your retirement will not only make you feel more confident about your financial future, it could help boost your retirement savings, so you can live the retirement lifestyle you want. 

From super, savings, to smart investments, we’ve got all the information you need to plan a comfortable retirement. It's never too early to get started.

Learn more about planning for retirement

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Things you should know

1Correct as at 1/02/2011.

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