The Treasury is reviewing the rules governing the early release of superannuation benefits which includes the use of superannuation for medical purposes, including pain treatments.
The rules have been largely unchanged since 1997, yet the amount released on medical grounds has increased five-fold since 2000-01.
Under the current regulations, a person seeking early release for medical treatment must provide evidence from two medical practitioners to certify that:
The Treasury consultation paper asks for feedback on changes to the current thresholds in the regulations that may include:
Painaustralia is interested in the views of our network on these issues which directly impact people living with pain, their families and carers and medical practitioners.
Your views will help us prepare a submission due to Treasury on 12 February 2018.
Please take our five-minute superannuation survey and let us know what you think.
If you would like to make any additional comments or provide information of your experience, please contact Louise Moes, Director of Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Treasury consultation paper can be viewed at https://treasury.gov.au/consultation/c2017-t246586/