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 super you need 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.

Super contributions: Beef up using a bring forward

Q: Under the 2-year bring-forward of non-concessional contributions, if a person makes an after-tax contribution of $180,001 when age 64 during the 2015/2016 year, can he continue to contribute the balance of the $540,000 anytime during the next 2 years without having to satisfy the work test?A: … [Read more...]

Salary-sacrificed contributions count for Family Tax Benefit

Q: I was wondering what you know about salary sacrifice super being included in Family Tax Benefit family income calculations?A: Since 1 July 2009, salary sacrificed super contributions have been included when assessing income for the Family Tax Benefit (FTB). The income test used for the FTB is … [Read more...]

Super contributions: Turning 65 part-way through the year

Q: I turn 65 in February 2016. So I will be 64 years of age for a large part of the 2015/2016 financial year, but of course I turn 65 during the 2015/2016 financial year, that is, in February 2016. My understanding is that because I will be under 65 for part of the 2015/2016 financial year then I … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: 20 popular Q and As

We receive many interesting questions from readers. We believe this contact with our readers makes our SuperGuide site even more useful for readers because we enhance the SuperGuide website in response to the popularity of certain articles and topics, and in response to the types of questions that … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing will not increase co-contribution entitlement

Q: I understand salary-sacrificed super contributions must be added back in to assessable income for co-contribution purposes. Do you know anything about this?Yes, your understanding is correct. Salary sacrificed contributions count towards the co-contribution income test, and this has been the … [Read more...]

Turning 65: Maxing out the after-tax contributions cap

Q: If you turn 65 after 1 July 2015, and you retire after 1 July 2015, can you still make the $540,000 bring-forward non-concessional contribution as long as you make the contribution before 30 June 2016? Or do you have to satisfy the work test to do so?Answer: For the benefit of other readers, … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps

Q: Are the caps relating to ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contributions regarded as separate? Put simply, can I contribute $30,000 concessional and $540,000 non-concessional sums (a total contribution of $570,000) to my super fund for the 2015/2016 year?A: ‘Yes’ is the answer to the … [Read more...]

Investment performance: Super funds gain 3.2% for October 2015

The median superannuation growth fund gained 3.2% in value for the month of October 2015, following a loss of 1.1% in September, and a dramatic 2.9% loss in value in August, according to superannuation ratings company, Chant West.Although the 2.3% median return delivered in July 2015 and the … [Read more...]

Less Age Pension, and paid to fewer Australians

The change to the Age Pension rules is a bad example of ‘back to the future’ it seems, with a harsher Age Pension asset test taking effect from January 2017. The federal government expects 300,000 retired Australians will lose some, or all, Age Pension entitlements overnight.Before September … [Read more...]

Fund choice: Choosing a super fund without an adviser

The questions that Australians need to ask when considering seeking financial advice when selecting a super fund are: how do I find a good adviser, and how do I know the advice I’m getting is appropriate?One option for resolving the dilemma of finding a good adviser is not to get advice. … [Read more...]