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.

MySuper: Now at a super fund near you

If you believe the federal government’s public relations campaign, MySuper can deliver you the equivalent of nirvana in superannuation – low fees, strong investment performance, financial security and a worry-free retirement.Pardon? You haven’t seen the government’s MySuper publicity campaign? I … [Read more...]

Comparing super funds: Top 20 cheapest funds for income protection insurance

Note: This article covers the best deals in super for income protection insurance. For the best deals in super on life insurance (death and disability cover), see SuperGuide article Comparing super funds: Top 20 cheapest funds for life insurance.In the past few years, insurance premiums … [Read more...]

Comparing super funds: Top 20 cheapest funds for life insurance

Note: This article covers the best deals in super for death and total permanent disability insurance. For the best deals in super on income protection insurance, see SuperGuide article Comparing super funds: Top 20 cheapest funds for income protection insurance.In the past few years, life … [Read more...]

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

Note: Article updated in January 2016, and includes an extra table outlining fees for small and large SMSF account balances. This article includes the latest SMSF cost data released in December 2015 by the ATO, and selected cost data released by ASIC in September 2013. The next SMSF cost update is … [Read more...]

Are SMSF audits too expensive?

Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the average audit fees incurred by SMSFs. This article contains data for financial year ending 30 June 2014 (latest available as at January 2016). We have retained all comments from earlier versions of article. The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Enough super to justify SMSF running costs?

Note: This article analyses the cost-effectiveness of SMSFs for small, medium or large fund balances, examining both set-up costs and running costs. For further information on the latest SMSF costs see SuperGuide article links at the end of this article. The Australian Securities and … [Read more...]

Financial advice for super: Is it worth the money?

You don’t have to get advice when choosing super funds, or when considering making extra super contributions, or for any other financial matters. If you do want advice however, do some research on reputable advisers.Advisers deserve to be paid for providing advice but you have to decide how you … [Read more...]

How to spot an independent financial adviser

Note: SuperGuide originally published this article about five years ago, but the topic remains highly relevant for readers today. We have updated the original article with information on the legal definition of ‘independence’ and the IFAAA’s version of independence.Every week I receive emails … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is DIY super right for you?

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...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

Note: This is the second article in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers plan for retirement. This article, and the first article in the series, Super checklist: 10 ways to save your super (link also appears at the end of this article), is … [Read more...]