Returning to the UK from Australia - Superannuation Question in Financial Advice: Ask Vista Posted 16 hours ago · Edited 16 hours ago by Marisawright As you were a permanent resident when you contributed, you can't claim it until you reach preservation age or retire. I'm not sure if you could withdraw what you contributed while on the 457 but frankly, they take so much of it in tax and fees, it wouldn't be worth it. As soon as you have a permanent address in the UK, write to the super fund with your new address and tell them to cancel all insurances (they're probably not valid once you're overseas anyway). That will minimise your fees. Your super balance will continue to earn interest and grow, so you should have a nice little nest egg by the time you retire. One other thing - make sure you're in a superannuation fund that performs well. There are some awful ones (and some of the big retail funds are the worst). It's very very easy to switch super funds, so do your research now and switch to a good one before you go. Then you can just forget about it (other than keeping them up to date with your address and cancelling the insurances). Picking a good fund can make a world of difference to how much you get at the end. Finally, when the time eventually comes to get the money, make sure you get tax advice from someone who understands both Australian and UK tax, as otherwise, you can end up losing a huge whack of it to the taxman.