How much super do I need?

You can work out how much super you need to finance a comfortable life in retirement, or even finance a luxurious life in retirement.

Use Trish Power's six-step retirement plan to work out your own target, or check out real-life inspired case studies and different retirement targets.

You can also calculate how many years you need to plan for in retirement, or more specifically your average life expectancy.

Below are some of our key How much super do I need? articles:


Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining How much super do I need?.

Retirement: Can Australia afford to support your lifestyle?

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Are you planning to support yourself over a 30-year or even 40-year retirement or do you think Australia can afford to finance your retirement? The superannuation industry and the federal government continues to grapple with this issue, that is, whether Australia will continue to be in a position to … [Read more...]

Four reasons to buy insurance via your super fund

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Choosing the right level of insurance cover within your super fund is one of the three big decisions you make when joining a fund, along with choosing your investment options and deciding how much you want to contribute to your fund. (I explain the insurance options available within your super fund … [Read more...]

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2014/2015 retirement planning

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Note: This article is current for the 2014/2015 financial year.Near the start of each financial year, SuperGuide publishes an updated super checklist for beginner readers. More advanced checklists will follow in coming months. Use this list as a kick-start for your 2014/2015 super resolutions. … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee increased to 9.5% for 2014/2015 year, then stalls for 7 years

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From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). Based on new laws, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% for 7 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025 (see table below).Superannuation … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls again with lower rates and higher thresholds

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If you own financial investments and receive the Age Pension, or you hope to claim the Age Pension, then you need to be aware of a recent change to the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test, and another relatively recent change to the deeming rates applicable to financial investments. … [Read more...]

Age Pension age increasing to 70 years (updated table)

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Note: This article (including table) explains the Age Pension eligibility age, which jumps by 5 years for younger Australians, subject to legislation. If you are seeking information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide article Accessing super: What is my … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 20 September 2014

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The UPPER asset thresholds for the Age Pension assets test increased again on 20 September 2014, which means more Australians may now be eligible for a PART Age Pension.A single person can own more than $770,000 in assets (excluding his or her home), and still receive a small PART Age Pension, … [Read more...]

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments since 20 September 2014

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In March, July and September of each year, the Federal Government changes the rules for claiming the Age Pension… for the better! Currently, the Age Pension income test and the Age Pension assets test are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.Effective … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Income test thresholds from 20 September 2014

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The UPPER income thresholds for the Age Pension income test increased again on 20 September 2014, which means more Australians are now eligible for a PART Age Pension.A single person can earn just under $49,000 a year, and still receive a PART Age Pension, while a couple can earn just over … [Read more...]

Age Pension: September 2014 rates now apply

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The Age Pension rates, effective from 20 September 2014, are set out in the tables below.A single person eligible for the FULL Age Pension can expect an annual Age Pension income (including supplement, and Clean Energy Supplement) of around $22,212.A couple eligible for the full Age Pension … [Read more...]