SMSF basics

SMSF basics is a plain-English introduction to the world of DIY super.

You can discover easy-to-understand information and popular questions on how self-managed super funds work, such as: how to set up a SMSF, how to run a SMSF, how much a SMSF costs and other handy step-by-step SMSF guides.

For information on more detailed aspects of SMSFs check out our main SMSFs section.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF basics.

SMSF investment: Where can I find information about SMSF borrowing?

Q: I’ve just finished reading DIY Super For Dummies and found it really helpful. What interested me was the borrowing options for SMSFs. We already own a property in our fund and we are looking at using borrowings for financing our next fund purchase. In your book you mention a joint venture to … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Can my DIY super fund invest in direct property?

Q: I am interested in setting up a self-managed fund. I would like to know more about the rules for purchasing property in a super fund, and whether it is possible to use borrowings to do so.A: A self-managed (DIY) super fund can invest in all types of property, including residential, … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Can my DIY super fund buy my residential investment property?

Q: I own a residential unit as an investment property as a personal investment. I would like to keep this unit as long as possible. The unit is a safe income stream and a safe haven against market uncertainty. However, if I have to sell it later, I won’t be able to put the money into my SMSF because … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: To DIY or not to DIY?

Q: Six months ago, my wife and I started a self-managed super fund. We pay a flat fee to have it administered on our behalf. All the assets in the fund at this stage are my rollovers. I am also in the PSS (a public sector fund) and my wife has a small amount in an industry fund, where she … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Joining the DIY super club

Note: This article contains the latest statistics available as at April 2016 (for statistics up to December 2015). We update this article with the latest statistics every 6 months or so.Australia’s DIY super fund sector has emerged as the most financially powerful sector in the superannuation … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Can my DIY super fund borrow money?

The general rule is that your super fund can’t borrow money, although like all rules the ‘no borrowing’ rule has some exceptions. SMSF trustees need to understand the difference between direct borrowing and indirect borrowing and the special rules that apply to each exception.A relaxation of the … [Read more...]

Do you fit the latest profile of a ‘typical’ SMSF trustee?

Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) issued by the Australian Taxation Office. This article contains the latest data available as at March 2016 (for data up to December 2015).The latest ATO statistics on SMSFs (representing SMSF … [Read more...]

SMSFs surge towards 570,000 controlling $600B in assets

Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on superannuation funds issued by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). This article contains the latest statistics available, as of March 2016 (for data as at December 2015).Close to 600,000 self-managed super funds … [Read more...]

SMSFs outperform large funds over 8 years, just

Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the latest SMSF performance data available from the ATO, as at January 2016. The ATO will provide updated performance data (for year ending 30 June 2015) in late 2016.A common argument put forward … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos for 2015 financial year

Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the top compliance mistakes made by SMSF trustees. This article contains data up to 30 June 2015 (latest available as at January 2016). The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2016, will be available in late 2016.The ATO has published the top 10 … [Read more...]