COVID-19: Pension and superannuation changes

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Terri Bradford
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By Terri Bradford
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Director, Wealth Management
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23 March 2020, 10:00 AM

Pension payments 

The Federal Government has announced that minimum pension payments for account-based pensions will be reduced by 50% for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.

Additionally, the deeming rates will be reduced by a further 25%. This is in addition to the recent cut in the deeming rates. As of 1 May 2020 the new rates will be 0.25% and 2.25%.


Superannuation will also be accessible for those Australians suffering financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Up to $10,000 (tax fee) can be accessed before 1 July 2020 with a further $10,000 limit available for the three months after 1 July 2020. This is intended to help casuals and sole traders.

Payments can be applied for via MyGov.

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