The Income Stream is designed to work alongside the Commonwealth Age Pension.
While some members are not eligible for the Age Pension at the time they retire, due to their age or a high balance in their Income Stream or other assets/income, for other members the Age Pension and Income Stream pension will work together from day one. Members who are not eligible for the Age Pension when they retire may become eligible later as the balance of their Income Stream account reduces (as they withdraw an income from it). The Age Pension ends up forming an important part of most members’ retirement incomes at some point.
Depending on the member’s situation, the Age Pension may supplement the income they receive from an Income Stream, or the Age Pension may make up the bulk, or all, of their income.
By combining the Age Pension with the Income Stream, some of the risks mentioned above may be mitigated:
- Longevity risk: supplementing with the Age Pension allows super money to last longer in retirement, and the Age Pension is paid for life
- Investment risk: having the ‘safety net’ of the Age Pension may allow members to make investment choices that better suit them and are more likely to provide them with the returns they desire
- Inflation risk: The Age Pension is indexed which may provide peace of mind.
Our Member Services team works with members to help them understand the interplay between an income from their superannuation money and from Services Australia. They also help members to understand more about where they can find information about eligibility for the age pension. This can include explaining recontribution strategies and providing contact information for members to speak to a Financial Information Services Officer at Services Australia.