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Super for Beginners

Superannuation for Beginners articles are a great starting point for anyone beginning their superannuation journey, or beginning their super education.

You can find the answers to questions that you may have been afraid to ask, or not known to ask. You can also ask your own questions, which helps us build the Beginners section of SuperGuide, and helps our many thousands of readers.

Below are some of our key Super for Beginners articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super for Beginners.

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2016/2017 retirement planning

Note: This article is current for the 2016/2017 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 2016/2017 super resolutions. … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: 14 legal ways to withdraw your super benefits

Many Australians are facing hard times, especially with structural change transforming our economy. The harsh reality is that mortgage repayments and everyday living expenses continue even when you suffer redundancy, illness or other forms of misfortune.We receive hundreds of emails from our 2 … [Read more...]

Super for beginners: 14 monkeys stop women creating a dream retirement

For so many women, the needs of other people usually come first — children, partner, parents, friends and even workmates. Often, for a woman to think about her own needs, she has to face a health challenge, financial stress or a relationship breakdown.Too dramatic, perhaps? I don’t think so. The … [Read more...]

Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians lose entitlements from January 2017

Note: Changes to the Age Pension assets test are now law, and will take effect from 1 January 2017. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes announced by the Coalition government in the 2015 federal budget. Although the ALP opposed the changes, the ALP … [Read more...]

Super for Beginners (25 Q&As)

One of SuperGuide’s more popular initiatives has been the development of a ‘Super for Beginners’ section that answers some of the many questions that we receive from those readers who are new to superannuation and new to super’s terminology.The series currently consists of several lead articles, … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 23: My pay changes every week. Am I paid the right super?

Note: This ‘Super for beginners’ article is more complex than other articles in the beginner series but the topic is very important. If you work variable hours over a week, a month or a year, or you are paid per task done, or kilometres driven, then I encourage you to continue reading.Q: How can … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 25: Is super worthwhile if I’m earning less than $37,000?

Q: Great site! Lots of excellent information. I now work part-time, earning just under $37,000, and wondered whether I should bother with super. I am pretty sure I will get the Age Pension, and based on my income I reckon I would be better to save outside super and pay less tax, rather than have my … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 20: Comparing your super fund’s performance

Q: The investment return on my super fund account doesn’t seem to compare with the investment returns that I read about in the newspapers. Are the newspapers wrong, or am I in a rubbish super fund?A: Every month or two, the general media reports the latest returns from Australia’s largest super … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 18: My employer hasn’t paid my SG. What can I do?

Q: What steps can I take to ensure my employer contributes all that I am owed to my super fund? I have been asking my employer for the last 3 to 4 months about putting my super contributions into my super fund, as they have not done so since I started working there about 1.5 years ago. I only … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 24: Do I have to withdraw my super when I turn 65?

Q: I retired, sold my large house, downgraded, invested spare money and one month after I invested, I lost $50,000 just like that. I would like to know whether I can keep my super going beyond age 65, maybe to age 67 to help recoup my losses on my outside investments?A: I’m very sorry to read … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 21: You know where your super goes, right?

Q: How do I find out where my super contributions end up? What I mean is, how do I find out the name of my super fund?A: Your question is a popular one in Australia, even though super fund members receive member statements from their super funds every year. Know the name of your super fund If … [Read more...]