Stage 1: Pre-retirement planning phase
As tempting as it may sound, spending all day doing nothing might not be so exciting in reality. And with people living longer, how you cope financially may depend on how well you plan for each life stage of your retirement.
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Personal interest networks
What opportunities are 'out there' for social interaction? How will you stay fit and active? Are friends retiring at the same time? What clubs could you join? Turn your personal interests into life changing opportunities.
Join an organisation or local club
There are lots of ways to locate and interact with like-minded active people. Click on the links below to start searching.
Become a volunteer
Like to give back to the community? Many non-profit organisations would greatly appreciate your help. Find over 12,000 opportunities with Volunteering Australia here.
Getting involved locally
Your local council hosts community events which provide a great opportunity to socialise locally with others who share similar interests. Visit your local council's website to find out more information about local events such as:
- Book clubs
- Art exhibitions
- Educational courses
Participate in Online Forums
Share Your Life Choices has created The Meeting Place where you can catch up online with friends old and new, near and far and post your thoughts on what matters most. It starts by clicking here.
Participate in research
Australian Clinical Trials is an organisation supported by the Australian Government to help improve the health of all Australians. For information on how to be part of a clinical trial, click here.
Financial and legal aspects of retirement
What does your retirement income look like? Are there income support payments or additional benefits you are eligible for? How is a general power of attorney different to a medical power of attorney? And do you have an estate plan in place?
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission designed their MoneySmart website to help you make smart choices about your personal finances.
Click on the links below for:
It's never too early or too late to be eligible for Centrelink assistance. Check the Centrelink website from time to time because eligibility requirements and your personal circumstances may change.
For payments and services that can help at every retirement life stage, click here
Have you considered further study? Retirement doesn't mean you stop learning. It may give the opportunity to pursue your passion or uncover a new career.
Whether it's a language or a new skill, you'll find affordable courses at: