Superannuation Q and As

Trish Power (author of Superannuation for Dummies and DIY Super for Dummies) answers readers’ questions on super.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Q and As.

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

IMPORTANT: Effective since 20 September 2015, the government again indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC (see this article for latest thresholds). The next indexation of the CSHC income thresholds takes place on 20 September 2016. Note that since 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC … [Read more...]

Age Pension income test: Deeming rates and deeming thresholds

Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest increases in the thresholds for the Age Pension income test and Age Pension assets test see SuperGuide article Age Pension: More … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from September 2015 (until March 2016)

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 20 September 2015 until 19 March 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: September 2015 rates now apply (until March 2016). If you’re looking for … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Does my superannuation lump sum count for income test?

Q: I’m over 65 and a member of a super fund, from which I receive an account-based pension. I need to withdraw a lump sum of $40,000 from my super, as my super is not enough to live on. I will have to apply for a part pension (Age) from Centrelink. Will my lump sum be counted as income in the … [Read more...]

Can you provide a list of financial adviser associations?

Q: I want to use a licensed adviser that is a member of a financial adviser association? Can you tell me what associations exist?We provide the list below with the proviso that more financial adviser associations may exist. We have sourced this information from a broader list of professional … [Read more...]

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...]

Does Trish Power offer personal financial planning advice?

Q: I have met many financial planners including 3 independent ones, but they don’t seem to know much and all said different things. They don’t seem to show interest and care for my retirement. I am a 61 year-old female and have no super. I need to do something fast. I am just a piano teacher and … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 23: My pay changes every week. Am I paid the right super?

Note: This ‘Super for beginners’ article is more complex than other articles in the beginner series but the topic is very important. If you work variable hours over a week, a month or a year, or you are paid per task done, or kilometres driven, then I encourage you to continue reading.Q: How can … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 25: Is super worthwhile if I’m earning less than $37,000?

Q: Great site! Lots of excellent information. I now work part-time, earning just under $37,000, and wondered whether I should bother with super. I am pretty sure I will get the Age Pension, and based on my income I reckon I would be better to save outside super and pay less tax, rather than have my … [Read more...]