Understand your pension payment options.
Flexi Pension members
By law you need to withdraw a percentage of your Flexi Pension account balance each year in line with government requirements.
This is known as your ‘minimum amount’ and is based on your age when your pension starts, and then at 1 July each year.
If you have a Transition to Retirement pension, the same minimum annual payments apply to you, but your annual pension is limited to a maximum of 10% of your pension balance at commencement and then at the start of each financial year thereafter.
Minimum amount you must take each year
Your minimum amount
(% of account balance)
65 – 74
75 – 79
80 – 84
85 – 89
90 – 94
95 or older
Your minimum amount is recalculated each financial year, based on your age and account balance at 1 July.
Once we’ve recalculated your minimum amount, we’ll write to you with the new details.
We’ll also send you a form if you want to change your annual pension income and frequency, subject to the new minimum amount.
Annual payment amount – questions to consider
When deciding on your annual payment amount, it’s worth asking the following questions:
- What are my income needs for the coming year?
It’s important to get this right to avoid withdrawing more than you actually need from the tax-free environment of your pension. If you take out too much, you can’t put any excess funds back into your existing pension account and, depending on what you do with the excess, you may have to pay income tax on any interest you earn.
- Have my financial commitments changed?
Your pension amount can be adjusted to allow for any major changes, and to keep as much in the pension as possible.
- Do I have any major expenses in the year ahead?
In addition to your regular pension payments, you can also withdraw a lump sum for major expenses, as needed.1
- How fast is my pension balance reducing?
If you take out more than your pension earns in investment returns, it may affect how long your pension lasts.
- Will increasing my pension payments affect my Age Pension eligibility?
If you started your pension before 1 January 2015 and have continuously received the Age Pension from 31 December 2014, an increase in your pension payments may result in more income being assessed under the Age Pension income test. (This doesn’t apply if you commenced your Flexi Pension from 1 January 2015, or weren’t eligible for the Age Pension until after 31 December 2014, as your Flexi Pension is subject to deeming rules.)
Of course, you don’t need to wait until July to make changes to your account.
Your Flexi Pension gives you the flexibility to change your annual payment amount, frequency, and/or drawdown method whenever you like.
To change your payment amount, frequency or drawdown method, visit MemberOnline or complete a Change of details form – pension members
Indexed pension members
If you have an indexed pension, you can’t vary the amount or frequency of your payments.
Your annual payment amount changes once a year on 1 July when your annual pension is indexed in line with CPI.3
Once the new CPI rate is applied to your annual pension, we’ll write to you with details of your new annual pension income.
CPI rate for 2017-18 financial year
If you have a Defined Benefit Indexed Pension or Commercial Rate Indexed Pension, please note that from 1 July 2017, the CPI rate has been set to 2.1%. This means, your pension will generally increase by 2.1% for the 2017-18 financial year.
Where you commence your pension part way through the financial year (i.e. on any day other than 1 July), CPI indexation will be pro-rated based on the number of days as a proportion of the year, multiplied by the CPI rate.
1. If you have a transition to retirement pension (TTR), you can only make lump-sum withdrawals in very limited circumstances. For more information see Your guide to pensions – Flexi Pensions for more information.
2. This doesn’t apply if you commenced your Flexi Pension from 1 January 2015, or weren’t eligible for the Age Pension until after 31 December 2014, as your Flexi Pension is subject to deeming rules.
3. Indexed in line with CPI for the preceding 12 months ending 31 March.