Moving to Australia permanently
If you're moving to Australia, you can transfer your KiwiSaver savings to an Australian superannuation scheme. You do not have to transfer your KiwiSaver to Australia though.
Contact your KiwiSaver provider if you decide to transfer your KiwiSaver. They can take you through the process.
Moving to any other country
After you've been living overseas (not Australia) for 1 year, you can take most of the savings from your KiwiSaver.
You can take out:
- your contributions
- your employer’s contributions
- interest on your KiwiSaver savings
- the $1,000 kickstart (if you got it).
You cannot take out the government contributions.