Types of superannuation funds

You can expect to find 5 broad types of superannuation funds in Australia – industry super funds, retail super funds, corporate (or company) super funds, public sector super funds and small super funds. Small super funds include self-managed super funds and small APRA funds. Other super fund types that are available include eligible rollover funds (ERFs) and Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs), although RSAs are not strictly super funds.

Some super funds are restricted to employees of certain companies or industries, while other super funds are available to everyone. Super funds available to everyone are known as public offer funds. You can find a summary explaining the different types of super funds in the SuperGuide article Comparing super funds: Who’s who in the super zoo?

You may also hear the term MySuper, which is a default super fund, that is, the type of super fund an individual belongs to if he or she did not actively choose a super fund. MySuper funds can be any of the 4 types of large super funds, although MySuper funds are subject to special rules. For more information on MySuper click here.

Superannuation funds can be structured in 2 ways – as an accumulation fund (also known as a defined contribution fund), or a defined benefit fund.

Around 90% of all super funds and accounts are defined contribution (accumulation) funds, which means that the final retirement is based on the amount of money your employer and you contribute to the fund, plus earnings less taxes and fees.

The other 10% of super funds are defined benefit funds, which means a member’s final super benefit is based on a formula that takes into account the member’s final salary and the number of years that a person works for a company or government department. A super fund can be a combination of defined contribution and defined benefit.

For more information about defined benefit funds click here. If you belong to a public sector super fund, special rules often apply. For more information on public sector funds click here.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Types of superannuation funds.

Investment performance: Super funds deliver 2.7% for July 2016

The median superannuation growth fund gained an impressive 2.7% for the month of July 2016, due to a sustained rally in Australian and international shares, according to rating company, Chant West.For the month of July 2016, Australian shares gained 6.4% in value. Over the same period, … [Read more...]

Super fees: Top 10 cheapest funds in Australia

Note: This article contains the latest available fee information. In this article you can find the cheapest super funds and the cheapest super pension funds. We update this article periodically with fee data issued by SuperRatings, and for pension funds, by SelectingSuper. Latest update was August … [Read more...]

Super stars! Top 30 super funds over 5 years

Note: This article lists the 30 top-performing super funds over 5 years to 30 June 2016. For the top-performing pension (retirement) funds, see SuperGuide article Super performers! Top 30 pension (retirement) funds over 5 years.The investment performance articles on the SuperGuide website are … [Read more...]

Retirement performers! Top 30 pension funds over 5 years

Note: This article lists the 30 top-performing pension (retirement) funds over 5 years to 30 June 2016. For the top-performing super funds, see SuperGuide article Super stars! Top 30 super funds over 5 years.Discovering the best-performing super funds is always fascinating reading (at least for … [Read more...]

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

If you have more than one super account you’re probably paying more in fees than you need to, and possibly having insurance premiums deducted from each of your super accounts. Paying at least double (and triple if you have 2 super accounts) in fees and insurance is not a great retirement planning … [Read more...]

Find lost super in 5 steps, and make quick cash

Did you know that more than $16 billion dollars is sitting in 6 million lost super accounts (and ATO-held super accounts) waiting for Australians to claim the super cash?If you’re one of the many Aussies with one or more lost accounts then you better act quickly. The federal government has … [Read more...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2015/2016 financial year, and for past 10 years

The investment performance result for the 2015/2016 financial year (1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016), for the median growth superannuation fund, has delivered the seventh straight positive calendar year return, according to figures from rating company, Chant West.The median return for a growth … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 3% for 2015/2016 financial year

The median superannuation growth fund gained 3% in value for the 12 months to 30 June 2016, although the median fund lost 1% for the month of June, according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West.The 1% median loss in June 2016, follows the 2.3% gain in May 2016, the 1.4% gain in April … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 2.3% for May, and 4% for 2015/2016 year to date

The median superannuation growth fund gained 2.3% in value for the month of May 2016, and gained 5.6% for the 3 months to May 2016, although due to losses in previous months has gained 4.0% over the financial year to date (11 months to May 2016), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant … [Read more...]

Defined benefit fund members: Are we subject to contributions caps?

Q: My question is about a member’s notional superannuation account’s yearly value amounts. Are these “Notional amounts” that the (long time) employee will receive, but not yet physically accrued in their superannuation account? Are they then included in the individual’s concessional cap? If they … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 1.4% for April, and 1.7% for 2015/2016 year to date

The median superannuation growth fund gained 1.4% in value for the month of April 2016, and gained 2.8% for the 3 months to April 2016, although due to losses in previous months has only gained 1.7% over the financial year to date (10 months to April 2016), according to superannuation ratings … [Read more...]

Investment performance: We’re the best super fund. No, we’re the best…

Note: Every 6 months, we update this article with the latest performance data on superannuation funds and pension funds, released by 3 rating agencies. This article contains the investment results for the best performing super funds up to 31 December 2015. For performance data relating to later … [Read more...]