Transition to retirement

You can access your super savings as a regular tax-effective income stream in the lead up to retirement.

You can access your super savings as a regular tax-effective income stream in the lead up to retirement. This is known as a transition to retirement strategy.

How transition works:

  • you roll some of your PSSap super savings into a separate superannuation product, known as an account-based income stream
  • you get regular income stream payments from your account-based income stream
  • you continue to save into your current PSSap account.

You don't have to retire or leave your job to take-up a transition to retirement strategy, but you must have reached your preservation age. This age is set by law at between age 55 and 60 depending on your date of birth. It is age 60 if you were born on or after 1 July 1964.

PSSap members can take-up an account-based income stream with CSC. This product is called Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation retirement income (CSCri) and is offered through PSSap.

Transition strategies

People use a transition to retirement strategy to:

  1. Boost final super benefit
  2. Reduce work hours but not income
  3. Increase total income


People may consider a transition strategy if they:

  • Have reached preservation age (age 60 if born on or after 1 July 1964)
  • Have a minimum of $20,000 in super
  • Wish to get tax-effective income from super while working
  • Wish to get tax free income payments from age 60

Key features

*If your account balance for a product offered by the superannuation entity is less than $6,000 at the end of the entity’s income year, the total combined amount of administration fees, investment fees and indirect costs charged to you is capped at 3% of the account balance. Any amount charged in excess of that cap must be refunded.


**Our authorised financial planners are authorised to provide advice by Guideway Financial Services (ABN 46 156 498 538, AFSL 420367.). Guideway is a licensed financial services business providing CSC financial planners with support to provide members with specialist advice, education and strategies.

Product name

Commonwealth Superannuation

Corporation retirement income (CSCri)

Type of income stream Transition to retirement income stream
Minimum investment $20,000
Other contributions Not allowed (but you can contribute voluntarily into PSSap)
Income payments Fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually
Annual income amount

Choose between minimum and maximum amounts.

Ad hoc withdrawals are not available for transition to retirement income streams

Withdrawals Generally not allowed (only in limited circumstances)

Age 60 and over

Tax-free income payments

Under age 60

Concessional tax on income payments

Full information in the CSCri Product Disclosure Statement

Asset test 100% assessed under the Assets TestVisit the Centrelink website for more about the Assets Test
Income test

Assessed against the Income Test (Centrelink will apply deductible amount)

Visit the Centrelink website for more about the Income Test

Investment options

Choose one or a mix of:

1. Cash

2. Income Focused (default)

3. Balanced

4. Aggressive

Competitive fees*

Administration fee*: $20 per month ($240 per year)

Investment switches: Nil for the first two (2) switches in any financial year. Additional switches are $20 each

Indirect cost ratio*: estimated at 0.16% - 1.47% per annum depending on the investment option chosen.

Other fees and costs also apply, including buy-sell spreads and other activity. For full details refer to the CSCri Product Disclosure Statement

Personal financial advice

Access to fee for service, no commission personal financial advice for your individual situation and goals, provided by CSC's authorised** financial planners.

Online account management CSCri Member Online
Beneficiary nomination Reversionary, binding or non-binding
Keeping you informed
  • Member Statement including confirmation of next year's payments
  • Schedule for Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • PAYG Payment Summary

More information

Like most investments, CSCri is not without risk, including the risk of negative investment returns. For more information about the features, benefits, fees and the risks of investing in CSCri, please refer to the CSCri Product Disclosure Statement.

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