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 for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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Q: I have a superannuation fund accumulating (although I am no longer making super contributions). I am 52 and I intend retiring at age 60. When I do retire can I withdraw the entire super fund as a lump sum and deposit it in to my bank account? What would the tax implications be for taking the … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 15: Super tax – as easy as 1-2-3

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Superannuation only exists because of how super savings are taxed. Superannuation savings receive tax incentives to encourage Australians to choose super as a retirement savings option. Even so, superannuation is still taxed (for most Australians) at a lower rate of tax than non-superannuation … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 31 (10 + 12 + 9) 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 February 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...]

Women and super: A worry-free financial future in 6 steps

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Before I wrote Super Freedom, I had often discussed the need for a practical non-technical book for women on superannuation. The first question I was asked when I told some female friends that I was writing a book for women on superannuation and retirement was: ‘Why does there need to be a book on … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

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Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed? A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 12: I claimed my super due to hardship. Why do I have to pay tax?

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Q: I’m 30 years old. Last year I claimed $5,000 of my super due to financial hardship - I suffered illness, and was not able to work. I only received $3,950. Will I get the balance back, since I haven’t worked since then? Unfortunately, when you access your super benefits before the age of 60, … [Read more...]

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

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Q: What steps can I take to ensure my employer contributes all I’m 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 realised … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 19: My employer has gone broke. What happens to my SG entitlements?

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Q: My employer has suddenly ceased trading and despite appearing on weekly pay slips, I and fellow employees find no super contributions have been made, in my case for over 12 months. What, if any recourse, do we have? If your employer has not paid your super entitlements into your super fund, … [Read more...]