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.

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

Q: My wife and I are considering setting up a self-managed super fund. I asked two advisers for a quote on the set-up costs for a self-managed super fund with a starting balance of $600,000.

Are SMSF audits too expensive? (updated figures)   Super Guide

Q: SMSF auditors and administrators are charging rather high audit fees, perhaps because of the mandatory nature of these audits.

Dear financial advisers: choose to be magnificent, not mediocre   Super Guide

I believe an independent, qualified financial adviser, focused on the best interests of the client can be a valuable partner for any individual’s or family’s wealth creation plans, along with excellent tax advice from an accountant.

A quick summary: 2013/2014 Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook   Super Guide

Say goodbye to the promised Budget surplus by 2016/2017, one of the many carrots the Coalition used to get Australians to vote for them in the September 2013 election.

How much do your super fund trustees get paid?   Super Guide

One of Australia’s largest super funds, Cbus, was the first super fund to disclose trustee and executive pay, individually, in salary and other financial benefits. This practice has continued for a second year, and four other super funds have also led the way.

Ouch! Large super fund trustees must improve, says regulator   Super Guide

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has ‘let it rip’ so to speak regarding the level of skills and independence of trustees of APRA-regulated super funds.

SMSFs: How much money do you need to start one?   Super Guide

In late 2012, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) asked consultants Rice Warner to examine whether there was a minimum cost-effective fund balance for an SMSF. The final report was released publicly in September 2013, and ASIC has asked for industry feedback on the findings.

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

Here’s a tip: a quick and easy way to feel instantly richer is to take the following 3 steps: 1. Find out how much money you have sitting in your superannuation account; 2. Locate any lost or forgotten super accounts; 3. Consolidate your super accounts, and potentially save thousands of dollars.

Find lost super in 4 steps, and make quick cash   Super Guide

Billions of dollars is sitting in lost superannuation accounts waiting for Australians to find and claim their super cash.

FEEding frenzy: how much does your super fund cost?   Super Guide

When superannuation funds are delivering strong returns, you don’t see much written about the costs of investments, including the costs charged to member accounts by super funds. When returns are poor however, fees become more obvious.