Choosing a super fund (fund choice)
If you’re an employee, you’re eligible to choose the super fund that your employer pays your super guarantee (SG) into, provided you’re in one of the three categories below.
- You’re employed under a federal award.
- You’re employed under another award or workplace agreement that doesn’t require superannuation support.
- You’re not employed under an award or industrial agreement. This includes contractors who are primarily paid for their labour.
Learn more about whether you can choose your super fund.
If you are eligible to choose your super fund, there are five potential options (though not every option is available to everyone).
- Retail funds – These are funds run by financial institutions. They’re generally open to anyone.
- Industry funds – These funds are generally designed for people who work in a particular industry, but some industry funds will allow anyone to join.
- Public sector funds – These funds are generally only open to government employees.
- Corporate funds – These funds are usually only available to employees working for a specific employer.
- Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) – These are funds where you have more responsibility in terms of administration, compliance and investment decisions.
There is a wide variety of super funds available in the market, and choosing your fund is an important decision. It’s important to compare your super fund options in relation to your individual financial circumstances and goals. Key factors to consider when choosing a super fund include its performance history and the fees it charges its members.
Your employer will likely provide you with a Superannuation Standard Choice Form when you commence your employment with them. Alternatively, you can download this form from the Australian Taxation Office’s website.
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