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.

Financial advice: Only 44 independent financial advisers in Australia

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Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update November 2014). 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 … [Read more...]

Four reasons to buy insurance via your super fund

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Choosing the right level of insurance cover within your super fund is one of the three big decisions you make when joining a fund, along with choosing your investment options and deciding how much you want to contribute to your fund. (I explain the insurance options available within your super fund … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 14: Save tax – Supply TFN to your super fund

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Here’s a tip that can potentially save you thousands of dollars. Check that your super fund has your tax file number. If you joined a super fund before July 2007, or started your current job before July 2007, then your fund may not have your TFN. Effective since 1 July 2007, when you give your … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing will not increase co-contribution entitlement

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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...]

I’m retired. Can I make super contributions?

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Q: If I have retired from work and later on inherit a reasonable sum of cash, can I make a non-concessional contribution into my superannuation fund? OR is that only permitted while I am working, regardless of my age? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the meaning of a … [Read more...]

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2014/2015 retirement planning

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Note: This article is current for the 2014/2015 financial year. Near the start of each financial year, SuperGuide publishes an updated super checklist for beginner readers. More advanced checklists will follow in coming months. Use this list as a kick-start for your 2014/2015 super resolutions. … [Read more...]

Super for beginners: 8 steps to super success

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Merely thinking about your super means you’re straddling the first major hurdle that most Australians face when planning (or not) for their retirement and looking into your future. As an employee, you have your employer helping you with your retirement plans by making compulsory super … [Read more...]

Super in 3 steps: You’re probably richer than you think

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If you have more than one super account you’re probably paying more in fees than you need to, and possible having insurance premiums deducted from each of your super accounts. Paying at least double (and triple if you have 2 super accounts) in fees and insurance is not a great retirement planning … [Read more...]

Two-way traffic! Finally, one fund helps move super from NZ to Australia

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An Australian super fund is now accepting transfers from New Zealanders hoping to transfer their KiwiSaver accounts to Australia. Let’s hope that many more super funds follow, but in the meantime, WA Super is the only Australian super fund offering this service, and it is awaiting your KiwiSaver … [Read more...]

Find lost super in 4 steps, and make quick cash

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Did you know that billions of dollars is sitting in lost super accounts waiting for Australians to claim the super cash? If you’re one of the Aussies with one or more lost accounts then you better act quickly. The federal government has changed the super rules, which means that your ‘lost’ super … [Read more...]