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Retirement income streams

Account-based minimum drawdowns

Section: 14.4

Once a member starts a pension or annuity on or after 1 July 2007, a minimum amount is required to be paid each year. There is no maximum amount other than the balance of their super account, unless it is a transition to retirement pension which is not in the retirement phase, in which case the maximum amount is 10% of the account balance.

In certain financial years the minimum payment amounts have been halved for certain pensions and annuities for the 2008/10, 2009/10 and 2010/11 years and reduced by 25% for the 2011/12 and 2012/13. The reductions in these years apply only to account-based pensions and annuities (allocated pensions and annuities and market-linked pensions and annuities).

COVID-19 - temporary reducing superannuation minimum payments amounts

Due to significant losses in the financial markets as a result of the COVID-19 crisis which are having a negative effect on the account balance of their superannuation pension or annuity. The Government has reduced the minimum annual payment required for account-based pensions and annuities, allocated pensions and annuities and market-linked pensions and annuities by 50% in the 2019/20 and the 2020/21 financial years.

Superannuation and annuity providers calculate the minimum annual payment required at 1 July each year, based on the account balance of the member or annuitant. The 50% reduction will apply to the calculated minimum annual payment.

The minimum payment is calculated using specified percentage factors based on a member's age.

Minimum drawdowns applying in 2020/21:
Age beneficiary Standard percentage factor COVID-19 temporarily measures
Under 65 4% 2%
65-74 5% 2.5%
75-79 6% 3%
80-84 7% 3.5%
85-89 9% 4.5%
90-94 11% 5.5%
95 or older 14% 7%

Source: ATO

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Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2020