Fees

Superannuation funds charge fees or charges for looking after your superannuation account. Financial advisers can charge fees (or commissions) for providing you with financial advice and monitoring your investment portfolio.

If you run a self-managed super fund, you may have administration fees, ATO supervisory levy, audit fees and actuarial fees The types of fees that you may encounter include entry fees, administration fees, exit fees, investment management fees, contribution fees, switching fees, financial advice fees and trailing commissions.


Administration fees cover the general running of the fund. A person pays this fee, and often other fees, annually to be a member of a given fund; some funds charge higher fees than others.

Adviser service fees are commission paid to an adviser for recommending a fund.

Contribution fees are upfront fees payable to an adviser or a financial organisation on contributions an individual makes to a retail superannuation fund.

Exit fees are charged by a fund upon withdrawal or transfer of a benefit.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Fees.

Super for beginners: 8 steps to super success

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Merely thinking about your super means you’re straddling the first major hurdle that most Australians face when planning (or not) for their retirement and looking into your future. As an employee, you have your employer helping you with your retirement plans by making compulsory super … [Read more...]

Super in 3 steps: You’re probably richer than you think

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If you have more than one super account you’re probably paying more in fees than you need to, and possible having insurance premiums deducted from each of your super accounts. Paying at least double (and triple if you have 2 super accounts) in fees and insurance is not a great retirement planning … [Read more...]

Find lost super in 4 steps, and make quick cash

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Did you know that billions of dollars is sitting in lost super accounts waiting for Australians to claim the super cash? If you’re one of the Aussies with one or more lost accounts then you better act quickly. The federal government has changed the super rules, which means that your ‘lost’ super … [Read more...]

Comparing funds: Which super funds offer the cheapest insurance?

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The rising cost of insurance within superannuation funds is the sleeper issue for Australians trying to save for retirement. The premiums are usually deducted automatically from your super fund account, and the cover you receive for the charge deducted from your account is often not fully … [Read more...]

Cost shock: Paying too much for insurance in your super fund?

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When choosing a super fund, or deciding whether to remain in your current super fund, most of the focus relates to fees and investment performance. Another significant cost for fund members however relates to the insurance premiums automatically deducted from most super fund accounts. A recent … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is DIY super right for you?

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Running your own super fund is not necessarily a difficult task but you need to keep your wits about you. You may hear a lot a noise about DIY super, and sometimes from people who know nothing about super. Your best defence against bad advice is to start with your own research. The term, DIY … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: How to spot an independent financial adviser

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Just because a financial planner’s business card doesn’t display the logo of a bank or insurance company doesn’t mean he or she is independent. Last month Roy Morgan Research surveyed 40,000 people on the perceived independence of their financial planner. It turns out that a disturbing number are … [Read more...]

Super fees: Top 10 cheapest funds in Australia

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Note: This article contains the latest available fee information as at September 2014. In this article you can find the cheapest super funds and the cheapest pension funds. We update this article periodically with fee data issued by SelectingSuper rating company. Latest update was September 2014, … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 11: Is my super fund good enough?

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Q: I have my super with a major financial organisation. I’m wondering, are they a good company to be dealing with? I feel that their fees are a bit high: based on an investment amount of $300,000 the MER amount is $6,600 (2.2%) plus a monthly admin fee of $8.50. What are your thoughts on this … [Read more...]

SMSF: How much does a DIY super fund cost? (updated figures)

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Note: Article updated in June 2014, and enhanced with an extra table outlining fees for small and large SMSF account balances.This Q&A includes the latest SMSF cost data released in December 2013 by the ATO, and data released by ASIC in September 2013. The next SMSF cost update is expected to be … [Read more...]