What is super?
In simple terms, superannuation or ‘super’ for short, is money set aside during your working life to support you in retirement. It’s deposited into a fund, like AMP, where it’s invested to earn interest and grow over time.
Facts about super:
- Once you’re earning more than $450 per month, in most cases, your employer is required to contribute 9.5% of your before-tax income into a super fund - this payment is known as a super guarantee (SG) contribution.
- You can also add to your super through personal contributions. These can either be before-tax or after-tax, but there are limits to the amount you can contribute.
- An annual cap of $25,000 applies to before-tax contributions to your super, which also includes the SG contributions made by your employer.
- An annual cap also applies to after-tax contributions, but the cap varies according to your age and circumstances.
- Your super balance grows due to both contributions and also how your super is invested. Most funds allow you to choose how your super is invested, if your super is with AMP you can do this by logging into My AMP or speak to your financial adviser for help choosing an investment option.
- Your super account may also include a range of life insurance options.
- Fees for the management of your super account are deducted from your account balance, as are life insurance premiums (if you have insurance through your super).
- You usually can’t access your super money until after you’ve retired and have reached your preservation age.
Choosing a super fund
Check if you can choose your fund
Most employees can choose their own super fund, to find out if this applies to you check with your employer or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If you can choose your fund, you’ll typically have a choice between your employer’s fund or your own. This could be a fund you joined with a previous employer or a self-managed super fund (SMSF).
If you’re a contractor, you may still be entitled to super from your employer and may be able to choose your fund - the ATO can help you determine this.
If you’re self-employed, you can choose whether or not you pay yourself super or opt for a different way to save for your retirement.
How to compare super funds
There are a few things to consider when choosing a super fund. These include the fees charged, investment options, insurance cover available and its cost, and fund performance.
AMP has been helping our customers take control of their financial future for 160 years. Whether you’re after simple super or investments you can be heavily involved with, there’s an AMP super product for you.
To learn more about choosing a fund, visit our choosing your super fund online learning module.
What happens if you don’t choose a fund
If you don’t choose a fund, your super guarantee payments will be made into your employer’s default fund. For more information, visit our choosing your super fund online learning module.
How to apply for a super fund
If you’re eligible to choose your own super fund, your employer will give you a standard choice form when you start working for them. The form sets out your options for choosing a super fund.
You can also request a standard choice form from your employer and change super funds during the course of your employment, although you can only request your employer change your fund once a year.
Learn more about our range of AMP super funds, to find one that’s suitable depending on your needs and financial goals.
- If you’d like a super fund that can evolve with you throughout your life, AMP Flexible Super is designed for either self-employed, casual, part-time or full-time employees. It’s easy to take from job to job, offers a wide range of investments, insurance options and competitive fees, and can be managed simply online. Join now.
For more help
If you’d like more information about managing your super, including finding lost super or consolidating your super, check out our guide on how to take control of your super.
And for more help, contact your financial adviser. If you don’t have an adviser, you can use our online tool to find one in your local area or call us on 131 267.
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