Show your support for access to super for family violence survivors.
What needs to change?
There are very few ways to access super early as it’s meant for retirement. It’s only allowed if you’re experiencing financial hardship or on what’s called compassionate grounds.
To be eligible under financial hardship rules you need to have been receiving Centrelink payments for 26 continuous weeks. This isn’t going to help many family violence survivors who may need money quickly or aren’t eligible for Centrelink payments.
Early access to super is currently possible to stop the bank selling your home, pay for a dependant's funeral or get medical treatment under compassionate grounds. But this is denied in instances of family violence.
“We think it’s entirely appropriate that super regulations extend compassion to survivors of family violence to empower women with the financial means to escape abusive relationships,” Debby said.
How do we make change happen?
We’re great at super but we knew that we needed to reach out to our partners in community services if we were going to make this happen.
We’ve been talking with a range of specialist family violence support service providers and experts in financial counselling on how we might best achieve and implement this change.
Our proposal has received widespread support from these organisations, and now we’re trying to convince the Government to change the super rules.
*Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au – in an emergency, call 000. You can find out more about the support services in your state or territory here.