How super works

This section covers the most popular questions on how superannuation works, including how to find lost super, how super works, how much money is enough, and simple step-by-step superannuation guides.


Below are some of our key How super works articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining How super works.

Seeking advice? Financial Advisers Register is a starting point

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On 31 March 2015, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) launched the first phase of the much-talked about Financial Advisers Register. The Register (FAS), contains information about 19,000 advisers. ASIC has also kindly updated its consumer information about how to choose a … [Read more...]

Does the Government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

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Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap? A: A superannuation co-contribution is a tax-free super contribution paid by … [Read more...]

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2015/2016 year (and 2014/2015 year)

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Note: This article lists the latest superannuation rates and thresholds for the 2015/2016 year, and for the 2014/2015 year, and also for earlier financial years. One of the most searched-for superannuation thresholds is the concessional contributions cap for the latest financial year. For the … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

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Q: I am earning a salary of $200,000 plus super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be for … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2015/2016 year, and for 2014/2015 year)

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Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2015/2016 year, for the 2014/2015 year, and for previous years. The maximum superannuation contribution base is used to determine the maximum Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contribution that an employer is required to … [Read more...]

Super funds deliver 11.1% for 9 months to March 2015

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The median superannuation growth fund gained a moderate 0.7% for the month of March 2015, but an impressive 11.1% for the nine months to March 2015. For the 12 months to March 2015, growth super funds are sitting on a 13.5% return, according to rating company, Chant West. Performance tables to 31 … [Read more...]

Super Guide to the 2015 Tax Discussion Paper

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Note: The federal government is now accepting submissions from the public in response to its 2015 Tax Discussion Paper. I strongly encourage you to make a submission if you want your views heard, and your concerns taken into account in any future tax reforms. Submissions must be in by Monday 1 June … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Franked dividends are not a tax concession

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Note: The 2015 Tax Discussion Paper, released in March 2015, has questioned the merits of franking credits for Australian dividends. Further, although not referenced with reviewing the tax treatment of investments, the Financial System Inquiry final report also questioned the imputation system, … [Read more...]

Super rich tax? Looting SMSF accounts to fix the budget

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Note: This article is in response to recent claims that superannuation tax concessions are directed towards the ‘super rich’. If you are concerned about being unfairly targeted by the current tax reform process, ensure you make a submission before Monday 1 June 2015. The relevant links to the tax … [Read more...]