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.

Preservation age: I’m 58. Can I withdraw my super benefits?

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Q: Can you please tell me whether I can withdraw my super benefits when I retire at age 58? A: This answer assumes that your super benefits are preserved, and the answer to your question depends on your date of birth. Under normal circumstances, access to superannuation benefits requires certain … [Read more...]

Death benefits: Is a binding DBN different from a reversionary pension?

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Q: What is the difference between a binding death benefit nomination and a reversionary pension? Should a retail fund offer a reversionary pension option? The forms for my fund only mention binding death nominations. The terminology surrounding superannuation death can be confusing and … [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...]

Comparing funds: How does my super fund rate?

Q: Currently my husband and I invest in a couple of super funds. How can we find out where they rank on performance, compared to other super funds? The ranking on performance can change over time for a particular fund, and the ranking also depends on the particular timeframe that you’re looking … [Read more...]

Investment performance: Benchmarking super fund returns

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Q: What you do is very important, thank you. I am 62 years, retired and draw an allocated pension. What I need is to get sound independent advice about whether I am in the best fund for my needs and how my super fund compares. I am considering changing super funds, but I need to know whether the … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Do we have to pay SG for overseas workers?

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Q: We have a girl working for us who is on an English working visa. She doesn’t have super at home in England but do we have to pay her super while she is working for us? If yes, how do we go about it? Do we put it into a special super fund that she can then transfer over to her English one, when … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 4: My son’s super account is bleeding fees

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Q: Hi, I am inquiring on behalf of my son who is unable to work at this stage of his life. It has been three years since he worked. He doesn’t have much in his super fund and it is going down every year. Is there any way to stop the bleeding of his funds? I will be ever grateful if you could … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

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Q: I am earning a salary of $270,000 including super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 18: My employer hasn’t paid my SG. What can I do?

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Q: What steps can I take to ensure my employer contributes all that I am owed to my super fund? I have been asking my employer for the last 3 to 4 months about putting my super contributions into my super fund, as they have not done so since I started working there about 1.5 years ago. I only … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2014/2015 and previous years)

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Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2014/2015 year, 2013/2014 year and previous years. The maximum superannuation contribution base is used to determine the maximum Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contribution that an employer is required to make under … [Read more...]