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 alert: Have you counted your super contributions lately?

Note: This article outlines the super contribution rules, and also provides a list of helpful articles that explain how the two types of contributions caps work, and the general contribution rules.You can make two types of super contributions: concessional (before-tax) contributions and … [Read more...]

Excess contributions tax: The most ridiculous super policy ever?

Note: This article outlines the disastrous outcomes that can result when a tax policy is not properly considered, and not properly implemented. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past, and a lot fairer than what is discussed in this article. For the latest excess … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 75 independent financial advisers in Australia

Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update January 2016). 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...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2015 calendar year, and for past 10 years

The investment performance result for the 2015 calendar year (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015), for the median growth superannuation fund, has delivered the fourth straight positive calendar year return, according to rating company, Chant West.The modest investment performance for the 2015 … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 5.8% for 2015 calendar year

The median superannuation growth fund gained 5.8% in value for the 12 months to December 2015, according to rating company, Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth super fund has delivered four calendar years of consecutive positive investment returns. Performance … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2015 calendar year

Australian property (both listed and unlisted), private equity and unlisted infrastructure were the stand-out performers for the 2015 calendar year (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015), according to rating company, Chant West.In the table appearing later in the article, SuperGuide presents the … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

This article explains all of the important rules that apply to concessional (before-tax) super contributions.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. … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years).The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]