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.

MySuper: 118 super funds now available   Super Guide

Since 1 July 2013, super funds have been able to offer a new superannuation product called MySuper. A MySuper product has a single diversified investment option, a minimum amount of life insurance cover, and standardised disclosure of fees.

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2014/2015 year   Super Guide

For the 2013/2014 year, the concessional contributions caps for over-60s has jumped to $35,000, while the concessional cap for everyone else remains at $25,000.

Temporary concessional contributions cap expanded to 50 somethings from July 2014   Super Guide

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.

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?

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

Q: Do you need to be 60 at July 1 or could you turn 60 any time in 2013/2014 to take advantage of the new $35,000 cap?

Cashing in on the co contribution rules (2014/2015 year)   Super Guide

The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super fund, and who earns less than $49,488 a year (for the 2014/2015 year). The tax-free giveaway is officially called the co-contribution scheme.

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 survival guide   Super Guide

Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap.

Your 2014/2015 guide to non concessional (after tax) contributions   Super Guide

Non-concessional contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. Such contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of after-tax contributions that you can make in one year.

Australian income tax rates for the 2014/2015 year, (and for 2013/2014 year)   Super Guide

The tax rates applicable for the 2014/2015 year and future years are set out in the tables below. We have also included the tax rates for the 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years (including the low-income threshold for the Medicare levy) at the end of the article, for your reference and convenience.

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds rise 1 July 2014   Super Guide

An eligible individual must satisfy the Age Pension income test, and the Age Pension assets test to receive a full, or part, Age Pension.