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Superannuation Access for IVF Purposes: Time for Reform?
journal contributionposted on 2022-09-29, 22:37 authored by R Hanegbi
Australia's superannuation system permits the early withdrawal of funds from superannuation accounts in limited circumstances. There has been a trend towards increasing use of the early withdrawal provisions to fund in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment through the broad "compassionate release" ground. A 2018 government report recommended tightening the relevant criteria for release, which would restrict release for IVF purposes to those suffering from a mental illness related to their childlessness. This article examines the impact of childlessness in those wishing to have children and concludes that the current release criteria should not be tightened in such a manner. However, the article suggests positive changes in the law to achieve greater compliance with the current law, which restricts early superannuation release to when a lack of alternative funding is unavailable.