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Transition to retirement

Key features of TRIS income streams

Section: 13.2

13.2 Key features of transition to retirement (TRIS) income streams

A transition to retirement income stream (TRIS):

  • Must commence from superannuation
  • Can commence for a person who is at least preservation age (age 55 for those born before 1 July 1960, rising in increments to age 60 for those born from 1 July 1964)
  • Can commence using preserved, restricted non-preserved and unrestricted non-preserved benefits. A pensioner can choose to take preserved and non-preserved components in any proportion they wish. If a TRIS income stream commences from preserved, restricted non-preserved and unrestricted non-preserved components, the TRIS income stream is deemed to have been taken from the unrestricted non-preserved components first, then the restricted non-preserved component and finally the preserved amount
  • Only permits lump sum withdrawals from any unrestricted non-preserved component of the income stream. Lump sums can be taken from other components when a subsequent condition of release is met
  • Requires that the minimum amount of a TRIS income stream for the 2020/21 financial year is 2%. On 22 March 2020, the federal government announced that the minimum pension drawdown rates would be temporarily halved for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years, due to market volatility during the COVID-19 crisis. This rule change assists retirees who do not wish to sell their investment assets when the value of those assets may be reduced
  • Caps the maximum annual payment to 10% of the account balance per annum at commencement, or 10% of the account balance each 1 July until the earlier of:
  • the pensioner reaching age 65 or
  • meeting another condition of release, whichever occurs first
  • Does not count towards a member's transfer balance cap of $1.6 million from 1 July 2017, increasing to $1.7 million from 1 July 2021.

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Last modified: Monday, April 26, 2021