COVID-19 Temporary early access to your super

This program ended on 31 December 2020.
The Government's COVID-19 early access to super program ended on 31 December 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT (Melbourne time). Applications cannot be backdated or accepted after 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, you can no longer apply for early access to super via this government measure.

Important note

If you've applied for early access to super (COVID-19) via myGov on or before 31 December 2020, once the ATO approves it and informs us, we’ll process your payment as soon as possible and send it to your bank account. If you've withdrawn your full balance, your super account will close and any insurance cover you have through your super will cease.

Please note that we expect to make most payments within 5 business days after we receive your details from the ATO. This doesn’t include ATO processing time or any time your bank may take to put it in your account. See below for details.

If you withdrew super under the COVID-19 early release of super program in 2020, you can now re-contribute some or all the amount back into your super account, as part of a new Government measure – Re-contribution of COVID-19 early release amounts into superannuation measure. Find out how.

FAQs on what happens next after you apply

Get answers to your questions about your COVID-19 applications or payment.

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Latest alerts - COVID-19 phishing scams targeting early super release

There are currently COVID-19 (Coronavirus) themed phishing emails and SMSs in circulation.

If you are approached about paying a fee to release your super, it is likely to be a scam.

The Australian Taxation Office is managing all claims for the early release of super through myGov. There is no need to involve a third party or pay a fee to get access to this scheme. 

Find out how you can protect yourself. To get help with identity theft, visit the ATO website.

Other types of financial support you could access

The Government is providing financial assistance to Australians impacted by COVID-19 through income and household support payments. Many banks and utilities companies are also putting additional financial hardship support in place to help people get through the next six months.

Some places to check are:

  • – COVID-19 Financial Assistance 
  • – Coronavirus support for individuals and households
  • – Coronavirus Financial support
  • your bank – some banks are offering to suspend repayment up to six months for home loans, personal loans and credit cards
  • state governments and tenancy boards can offer information on rent relief and your rights
  • Utility companies – speak to your electricity and gas providers’ financial hardship department, as you may be able to set up a payment plan during this time.


Other ways to access your super

There are other situations where you may be able to access some of your super.

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