Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund

Australian Catholic Superannuation - Personal Plan

No. of members: 86012
Fund size: $8.6b
Public offer:
Product type: Industry-Personal
Target market: Catholic Workplaces
Year started: 2006
Past 5-year return
4.61%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$583

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold
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6.54%

$0

QSuper

$465

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
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Past 5-year return
4.61%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$583

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Gold

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Expertise through self administration.
  • Personalised customer service.
  • Access to cheap insurance products through ISInsured.
  • Member education (seminars, newsletters, trade exhibitions and articles).
  • Secure online member access to account details.
  • Workplace presentations a key focus.

Summary

Australian Catholic Superannuation was established in 1981 to provide retirement benefits to those who work in Catholic education, healthcare, aged care and welfare, with membership now open to the general public.Members are provided a choice of 8 'Managed Options' and 6 'Build your Own Options', including LifetimeOne, which gradually transitions members' asset allocation from a growth focused asset mix to a conservative asset mix as they approach retirement. The Balanced option has underperformed the SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2019. Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed, with the asset-based administration fee capped at $2,000 pa. Members can switch investment options at no cost. Eligible members are automatically provided with Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance cover upon joining the fund. Income Protection is available up to a maximum of 85% of salary, with benefit payment periods of 2 years, 5 years or to age 65, following a 30, 60 or 90 day waiting period.Members have access to complementary general advice and tailored personal advice, as well as a range of online tools, calculators and educational resources available through the fund's website. The secure online facility; Member Online, allows members to view and update account details, as well as perform transactions.

Features and Fees

Australian Catholic Superannuation Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.25%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.42%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.34%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Expertise through self administration.
  • Personalised customer service.
  • Access to cheap insurance products through ISInsured.
  • Member education (seminars, newsletters, trade exhibitions and articles).
  • Secure online member access to account details.
  • Workplace presentations a key focus.

Australian Catholic Superannuation was established in 1981 to provide retirement benefits to those who work in Catholic education, healthcare, aged care and welfare, with membership now open to the general public.Members are provided a choice of 8 'Managed Options' and 6 'Build your Own Options', including LifetimeOne, which gradually transitions members' asset allocation from a growth focused asset mix to a conservative asset mix as they approach retirement. The Balanced option has underperformed the SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2019. Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed, with the asset-based administration fee capped at $2,000 pa. Members can switch investment options at no cost. Eligible members are automatically provided with Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance cover upon joining the fund. Income Protection is available up to a maximum of 85% of salary, with benefit payment periods of 2 years, 5 years or to age 65, following a 30, 60 or 90 day waiting period.Members have access to complementary general advice and tailored personal advice, as well as a range of online tools, calculators and educational resources available through the fund's website. The secure online facility; Member Online, allows members to view and update account details, as well as perform transactions.

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Australian Catholic Superannuation Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.25%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.42%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.34%

Exit fee

$0
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4.61%

$78

Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund

$583

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
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4.72%

$78

Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund

$588

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
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Term deposits
Variety of options
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4.61%

$78

Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund

$583

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
MyChoice Gold
More details

FAQs

How is superannuation regulated?

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulates ordinary superannuation accounts. Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm not an Australian citizen?

Yes, permanent and temporary residents are entitled to superannuation.

What is superannuation?

Superannuation is money set aside for your retirement. This money is automatically paid into your superannuation fund by your employer.

How long after divorce can you claim superannuation?

You or your partner could be forced to surrender part of your superannuation if you divorce, just like with other assets.

You can file a claim for division of property – including superannuation – as soon as you divorce. However, the claim has to be filed within one year of the divorce.

Your superannuation could be affected even if you’re in a de facto relationship – that is, living together as a couple without being officially married.

In that case, the claim has to be filed within two years of the date of separation.

Either way, the first thing to consider is whether you’re a member of a standard, APRA-regulated superannuation fund or if you’re a member of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), because different rules apply.

Standard superannuation funds

If your relationship breaks down, your superannuation savings might be divided by court order or by agreement.

The rules of the superannuation fund will dictate whether this transfer happens immediately, or in the future when the person who has to make the transfer is allowed to access the rest of their superannuation (i.e. at or near retirement).

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SMSFs

If your relationship breaks down, you must continue to observe the trust deed of your SMSF.

So if you and your partner are both members of the same SMSF, neither party is allowed to use the fund to inflict ‘punishment’ – such as by excluding the other party from the decision-making process or refusing their request to roll their money into another superannuation fund.

This no-punishment rule applies even if the two parties are involved in legal proceedings.

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Financial consequences

Superannuation funds often charge a fee for splitting accounts after a relationship breakdown.

Splitting superannuation can also impact the size of your total super balance and how your super is taxed.

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How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm a contractor?

As a contractor, you’re entitled to superannuation if:

  • The contract is mainly for your labour
  • You’re over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • You’re under 18, you work more than 30 hours per week and you earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

Please note that you’re entitled to superannuation even if you have an Australian business number (ABN).

How can I increase my superannuation?

You can increase your superannuation through a ‘salary sacrifice’. This is where your employer takes part of your pre-tax salary and pays it directly into your superannuation account. Like regular superannuation contributions, salary sacrifices are taxed at 15 per cent when they are paid into the fund.

When did superannuation start?

Australia’s modern superannuation system – in which employers make compulsory contributions to their employees – started in 1992. However, before that, there were various restricted superannuation schemes applying to certain employees in certain industries. The very first superannuation scheme was introduced in the 19th century.

How do you open a superannuation account?

Opening a superannuation account is simple. When you start a job, your employer will give you what’s called a ‘superannuation standard choice form’. Here’s what you need to complete the form:

  • The name of your preferred superannuation fund
  • The fund’s address
  • The fund’s Australian business number (ABN)
  • The fund’s superannuation product identification number (SPIN)
  • The fund’s phone number
  • A letter from the fund trustee confirming that the fund is a complying fund; or written evidence from the fund stating it will accept contributions from your new employer; or details about how your employer can make contributions to the fund

You might want to provide your tax file number as well – while it’s not a legal obligation, it will ensure your contributions will be taxed at the (lower) superannuation rate.

What happens if my employer falls behind on my superannuation payments?

The Australian Taxation Office will investigate if your employer falls behind on your superannuation payments or doesn’t pay at all. You can report your employer with this online tool.

When did superannuation start in Australia?

Australia’s modern superannuation system – in which employers make compulsory contributions to their employees – started in 1992. However, before that, there were various restricted superannuation schemes applying to certain employees in certain industries. The very first superannuation scheme was introduced in the 19th century.

Who can open a superannuation account?

Superannuation accounts can be opened by Australians, permanent residents and temporary residents. You’re automatically entitled to superannuation if:

  • You’re over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • You’re under 18, you work more than 30 hours per week and you earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

What is an SMSF?

An SMSF is a self-managed superannuation fund. SMSFs have to follow the same rules and restrictions as ordinary superannuation funds.

SMSFs allow Australians to directly invest their superannuation, rather than let ordinary funds manage their money for them.

SMSFs are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). They can have up to four members. All members must be trustees (or directors if there is a corporate trustee).

Unlike with ordinary funds, SMSF members are responsible for meeting compliance obligations.

Do I have to pay myself superannuation if I'm self-employed?

No, self-employed workers don’t have to pay themselves superannuation. However, if you do pay yourself superannuation, you will probably be able to claim a tax deduction.

How do you access superannuation?

Accessing your superannuation is a simple administrative procedure – you just ask your fund to pay it. You can access your superannuation in three different ways:

  • Lump sum
  • Account-based pension
  • Part lump sum and part account-based pension

However, please note that your superannuation fund will only be able to make a payout if you meet the ‘conditions of release’. The conditions of release say you can claim your super when you reach:

  • Age 65
  • Your ‘preservation age’ and retire
  • Your preservation age and begin a ‘transition to retirement’ while still working

The preservation age has six different categories:

Date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 – 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 – 30 June 1964 59
From 1 July 1964 60

There are also seven special circumstances under which you can claim your superannuation:

  • Compassionate grounds
  • Severe financial hardship
  • Temporary incapacity
  • Permanent incapacity
  • Superannuation inheritance
  • Superannuation balance under $200
  • Temporary resident departing Australia

How do you find superannuation?

Lost superannuation refers to savings in an account that you’ve forgotten about. This can happen if you’ve opened several different accounts over the years while moving from job to job.

You can use your MyGov account to see details of all your superannuation accounts, including any you might have forgotten. Alternatively, you can fill in a ‘Searching for lost super’ form and send it to the Australian Taxation Office, which will then search on your behalf.

Is superannuation included in taxable income?

Superannuation is not included when calculating your income tax. So if you have a salary of $50,000, your assessable income would be $50,000, not $50,000 plus superannuation.

That said, superannuation itself is taxed. It is generally taxed at 15 per cent, although if you earn less than $37,000, you will be reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid.

Can I take money out of my superannuation fund?

Superannuation is designed to provide Australians with money in their retirement. The government has strict rules around when people can take that money out of their fund because it wants to prevent people eroding their savings before they reach retirement.

As a general rule, you can only take money out of your superannuation fund when you reach:

  • Age 65
  • Your ‘preservation age’ and retire
  • Your preservation age and begin a ‘transition to retirement’ while still working

That said, you can take money out of your superannuation fund early based on one of these seven special conditions:

  • Compassionate grounds
  • Severe financial hardship
  • Temporary incapacity
  • Permanent incapacity
  • Superannuation inheritance
  • Superannuation balance under $200
  • Temporary resident departing Australia

Can my employer use money from my superannuation account?

No, your employer can’t touch the money that is paid into your superannuation account.

How can I keep track of my superannuation?

Most funds will allow you to access your superannuation account online. Another option is to manage your superannuation through myGov, which is a government portal through which you can access a range of services, including Medicare, Centrelink, aged care and child support.