Return to work

Deferred benefit members may return to Australian Government employment.

You become a CSS contributing member again as long as your new employer participates in CSS and you meet the relevant CSS eligibility requirements. As a result, you will no longer be a CSS deferred benefit member. However, if your new employer participates in the Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS), you have three months to decide if you wish to transfer your benefits to PSS with credit for your CSS member, employer-financed and productivity components.

Close to age 55 and returning to work?

If you re-enter full or part-time ongoing employment with an Australian Government employer participating in CSS, your entitlement to CSS deferred benefits will cease from your reappointment date.

If you remain so employed until your 55th birthday or are reappointed after turning 55 but before you claim your deferred benefit, your benefits on leaving CSS will be based on ‘age retirement’ (unless you are involuntarily retired at a later date).

  • If you re-enter full time non ongoing employment with an Australian Government employer participating in CSS, your entitlement to a deferred benefit will not cease unless you formally elect to re-join CSS.
  • If you re-enter casual or part time non ongoing employment with an Australian Government employer participating in CSS, your CSS entitlement to a deferred benefit will not cease as you are not eligible to re-join CSS.