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.

Fees: Do cheaper super funds mean bigger retirement balances?

Countless reports have been published stating that super fund fees are too high, and that the super industry needs to work harder on lowering administration and investment fees. We all love a good deal and don’t want to pay more than we have to when saving for retirement. Are super fund fees now … [Read more...]

Super fees: Top 10 cheapest funds in Australia

Note: This article contains the latest available fee information. In this article you can find the cheapest super funds and the cheapest super pension funds. We update this article periodically with fee data issued by SuperRatings, and for pension funds, by SelectingSuper. Latest update was … [Read more...]

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

Note: Every 6 months, we update this article with the latest performance data on superannuation funds and pension funds, released by 3 rating agencies and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. This article contains the investment results for the best performing super funds up to 30 June … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 67 independent financial advisers in Australia

Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update August 2015). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an independent … [Read more...]

The super challenge: At what age should I retire?

Selecting a retirement age, even if you plan to continue some form of work during retirement, can be a difficult decision. In some cases, individuals don’t get a choice about when to retire due to health issues, or due to redundancy in later years and then difficulty finding another job. Although … [Read more...]

Same-sex couples: your super rights explained

Yet again, the government of the day has decided that it is not the right time to allow same sex couples to marry, notwithstanding most polls indicate a majority of Australians support this basic human right for same-sex couples. We have elected a Prime Minister who has publicly stated that he feels … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing and super: 10 facts you should know

Salary sacrificing superannuation, by making before-tax super contributions, is a popular strategy for employees on middle-to-high incomes. The deal is that you increase your superannuation balance (and pay 15% contributions tax, and for those earning an adjusted taxable income of more than … [Read more...]

Life expectancy: Will you outlive your retirement savings?

Every five years, the latest data is released on average life expectancies, that is, how many years you’re expected to live, on average. The table contained within this article contains the most up-to-date information on expected lifetimes. Note: New life expectancy tables were released by the … [Read more...]