Account Based Pension

A pension account that will help you enjoy your retirement by providing a regular income while continuing to provide returns on your savings.

Tax effective retirement income

Opening a Vision Super pension will let you convert your super into flexible, low-cost, regular, tax-effective income stream all while keeping your super invested.  It is smart way to retire and make sure you’re making the most of your savings.

Joining and eligibility 

Joining is easy, and it is smart way to retire and make sure you’re making the most of your savings. All you will need is a minimum $10,000 to open your new pension account.

There are also no fees for joining, withdrawing, exiting, or investment switching, and no fees for advisers, for performance, or commissions. (Buy/sell spreads and other investment fees may apply).

There is a 0.35% account keeping fee. If your account balance is above $300,000, your administration fee is capped at a balance of $300,000 (maximum of $1,050). (Buy/sell spreads may apply).

To be eligible, however, you must have either reached preservation age and be retired, or retired through total and permanent disability, or be aged 65 or over.

 

Top performing super

Our Balanced Growth pension option continues to deliver strong returns, making it the number 1 pension product for the last 12 months^.

^According to Superratings SRP50 Balanced  (60-76) Index survey as at 30 September 2020

Benefits 

The Vision Super Account based pension has a number of benefits:

  1. No tax and no withdrawal fees (buy/sell spreads may apply) on the money in your pension account.
  2. No tax on any investment returns in your pension account. This may increase the value and longevity of your pension.
  3. Like a Vision Super or Vision Personal account you can choose from the investment options we have to offer. This way you can choose the investment strategy to suit your circumstances and goals. 
  4. Maximise your eligibility for some Age Pension payments, as generally Centrelink treats only part of the income received from an allocated pension as assessable income. Eligibility depends on individual circumstances.
 
Can I add funds to my pension account?
 
Unfortunately, no. Once your pension account has commenced you cannot add any more to it. If you want to add additional funds you will need to open a new pension account and close your existing account.

Need advice

Make an appointment with a Vision Super Financial Planner who will provide information and advice about your super or pension.

Bookings can also be made by calling 1300 300 820.

Open an account

If you are ready you can open your account online. It’s as simple as that. Or if you prefer you can request a call and we can help set one up for you.

We're here to help

You might find the answer to your question in the FAQ below. If you don’t find it there, you can call our Retirement hotline on 1300 017 589. Or complete the quick contact form and one of our team will contact you within the next two business days. 

Frequently asked questions

Centrelink needs to know some details so they can calculate payments such as the age pension. We provide this information directly to Centrelink electronically, on your behalf, every February and August. You can request a Centrelink schedule from Vision Super at any time.

No. Once you have opened an account you cannot make any additional contributions. However, you can close your existing account and open a new account, combining any additional contributions with your existing balance.

Important to know: Government changes to deeming rules could affect you if you choose to close your current account and open a new one. To find out whether your entitlements – including the age pension – could be reduced, so we recommend seeking financial advice first.

You have access to make lump sum withdrawals (over and above your income payments) however, with the Non-commutable allocated pension this is limited and you can only commute your pension by transferring your account balance into an accumulation plan.

Your regular income payments will be paid directly to a personal or joint bank account nominated by you in your application form. You can choose to receive payments twice monthly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, four-monthly, six-monthly or annually.

You need to have met preservation age and have a minimum investment amount of $10,000.

Eligibility for the government age pension depends on your age, residency status, and the income and assets tests. How much you receive is subject to the income you receive from other sources (including your superannuation) plus the value of your assets. If you are eligible, for all or part of the government age pension, then combining it with your Vision Super pension can work well. You can use the age pension to meet basic living costs and spending money can come from your Vision Super pension.

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