Boost your super

Boost your super covers how much your employer must pay into your superannuation fund, how much you can contribute, the tax-free bonus the Government gives you, contribution strategies and everything you need to know about making personal superannuation contributions.

Boost your super also has special sections on Superannuation Guarantee (SG), Co-contributions and Salary Sacrifice


Below are some of our key Boost your super articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Boost your super.

Top 10 performing super funds for 2013/2014 year, and for past 10 years

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The latest investment returns are great news for Australian super fund members, and for Australian super funds! The investment performance results for the 2014 financial year (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014) delivered another double-digit return, and the strong result means the fifth consecutive … [Read more...]

Investment performance: We’re the best super fund. No, we’re the best…

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Note: Every few months or so, we update this article with the latest performance data on superannuation funds (and pension funds) issued by SuperRatings, SelectingSuper, ChantWest and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). This article contains the latest data for investment … [Read more...]

Investment performance: 22 years of SG delivers 7% a year

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Since Superannuation Guarantee was introduced 22 years ago, the long-term return generated on the typical ‘balanced’ super fund account has been 7.2% a year, according to rating company, SuperRatings. Most Australian workers have their super money invested in a balanced investment option, which … [Read more...]

Mirror, mirror… what super fund is the best-performing fund of all?

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Note: SuperGuide updates this article periodically with the latest performance and super fund data. You can discover the best value superannuation fund of the year for 2014, the super (pre-retirement) fund of the year for 2014, and the pension (retirement) fund of the year for 2014. You can also … [Read more...]

Another great return! Super funds gain 12.8% for 2014 financial year

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 12.8% in value for the 12 months to June 2014, according to rating company Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth super fund has delivered five consecutive years of positive investment returns. Performance tables are … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2014 financial year

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Australian and international shares delivered the biggest returns for the 2014 financial year (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014), according to Warren Chant of rating company, Chant West. In the table appearing later in the article, Chant West lists the investment performance of 13 asset classes, and … [Read more...]

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2014/2015 year

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Note: This article lists the latest superannuation rates and thresholds for the 2014/2015 year, and for earlier financial years. One of the most searched-for superannuation thresholds is the contributions cap for the latest financial year. For the 2014/2015 year, the general concessional … [Read more...]

Temporary concessional contributions cap expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014

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In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s which has been expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014. Anyone in this age group may consider revisiting their superannuation contributions strategies in light of the higher … [Read more...]

Super contributions: How much co-contribution will I get?

Q: Where do I go to find a calculator that helps me work out how much co-contribution I will be entitled to, and how much super I need to contribute to get that co-contribution? I am also looking for something that shows the sliding scale for different income levels and different super … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s from July 2014

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Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2014, or could you turn 50 any time in 2014/2015 to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the background to the over-50s cap. On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced that it will … [Read more...]